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Misconceptions: Truth, Lies and the Unexpected on the Journey to Motherhood Paperback – 3 Oct 2002

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (3 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099274167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099274162
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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"Wolf's many bold demands... give us pause and present challenges: society should restructure itself to accommodate babies" (Guardian)

"Wolf's polemic is as clear and sure as ever" (Observer)

"Misconceptions reminds us that pregnancy and birth are still swaddled in layers of illusion, that our society remains criminally hypocritical toward mothers... Naomi Wolf goes much deeper here than she ever has before. She strips bare the mind of the pregnant woman and new mother with dazzling courage" (Erica Jong)

"Fiercely confident and uncompromising" (Publishers Weekly)

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The bestselling author of The Beauty Myth uses the personal to explore the 'birth myth', the culture and practices of pregnancy and childbirth, with ferocity and passion.

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Powerful descriptions of how a generation of feminists failed to realise the equality they believed they had signed up for.

Very US focused, where some awful practices seem so normalised that people don't even see how barbaric they are.

It is an emotional read, but has useful facts and insights. I think I would have found it very unsettling to read while pregnant.
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I loved this book. Such a refreshing change to the other books on pregnancy that either create slapstick out of pregnancy, portraying all mothers-to-be as neurotic hormone-fuelled headcases or else, harp on about the wonders of pregnancy where every niggling 'symptom' can be cured by taking a bath or 'putting your feet up'.

This book is an intelligent and intellectual probing of the changing identity of the pregnant woman and society's reaction to her and is not afraid to broach all the glossed-over taboos such as the real pain of childbirth, the meaning of medical interventions and the alternative points of view that can be adopted when planning a birth.

The use of quotes from other women helps keep the pace and holds interest and Wolf's prose, on occasion, is quite, quite beautiful.
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....for the most part, complaining about things that are normal for new parents (tiredness, soreness, hormonal changes, loss of identity etc). I think the most important part of this book is the lack of childcare, maternity leave, financial support and postnatal care for new parents in America. I found the accounts quite shocking.

My own birth experience was highly positive (elective c-section, due to the fact that my son was breech and even when they tried to turn him, he refused to move, the awkward sod!), with caring midwives, before, during and after the birth. My antenatal midwife, I only saw about 3 times as the pregnancy was healthy, and despite the fact that I have several severe health conditions, she never treated me as an invalid, and let me make decisions based on how I felt. She was quite pleased when, despite the "breast is best" campaign here in the UK, I said that I was going to give it a go but I wasn`t overly bothered if myself or the baby didn`t take to it. This was because the decision I made was fully informed, and I was relaxed about it, so the baby wasn`t getting stressed either. I also worked until I was 39 weeks pregnant in my capacity as a hands on manager in a busy pub/club, so was on my feet for 12 hours a shift, the cleaning the whole place by myself, including emptying heavy bottle bins (I was pregnant, not ill!). I also knew I had up to 9 months maternity leave, where my pay would be 90% of my normal pay for the first six weeks, then approx £123 a week for the remainder of my leave (however, my boss paid me my full wages for the whole time I was off, and I went back to work after 4 months, due to severe postnatal depression, brought on by being stuck at home with a baby).
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