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From Here to Maternity: Becoming a Mother

Ann Oakley


The author of this book is a pioneer in the field of sociological research. In this classic re-issue, the author interviewed 60 women to find out what it is really like to have a baby. Covering pregnancy, birth and child care, the book relies on the stories mothers tell to discuss whether and why women want to become pregnant, how they imagine motherhood to be, the experience of birth, post-natal depression, feeding and caring routines, and the challenges for the domestic division of labour and to fathers. It shows that most women are unprepared for the birth or the work of caring for a baby, ... More

Keywords: women, motherhood, baby, sociological research, birth, child care, mothers, post-natal depression

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781447349341
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447349341.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ann Oakley, author
UCL Institute of Education