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From Here to MaternityBecoming a Mother$
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Ann Oakley

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447349341

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447349341.001.0001

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Into a Routine

Into a Routine

(p.224) 10 Into a Routine
From Here to Maternity

Ann Oakley

Policy Press

This chapter explores the process of getting used to motherhood after the first five months. Here, the achievement of producing the baby is in the past, and the present must be devoted to growing and guiding the baby towards childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Accounts of daily routines given in this chapter reflect the different dispositions and social circumstances of mothers, but all record a sense of life being focused on the baby. Either activities are organised around the baby's needs or the baby's needs are stage-managed to make other activities possible, but in both cases the baby is dictator. In every family it is the mother who is seen and who sees herself as responsible for satisfying the baby's needs. For most women, then, the meaning of early motherhood lies in constant contact with the child.

Keywords:   early motherhood, daily routines, social circumstances, baby's needs

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