The Birth of a Mother: How the Motherhood Experience Changes You Forever

The Birth of a Mother: How the Motherhood Experience Changes You Forever

The Birth of a Mother: How the Motherhood Experience Changes You Forever

The Birth of a Mother: How the Motherhood Experience Changes You Forever

Synopsis

According to Dr. Daniel Stern, when a woman gives birth to a child, she becomes a different person -- her mind-set shifts and she finds that she is guided by new hopes, fears, and priorities. Dr. Stern has interviewed hundreds of women and in The Birth of a Mother he uses his findings to paint a wonderfully evocative picture of the psychology of motherhood. This book will serve as an invaluable sourcebook for new mothers, validating the often confusing emotions that accompany the development of their new identity. In addition to providing insight into the unique state of motherhood, Dr. Stern touches on related topics such as going back to work, fatherhood, adoption, and premature birth. Beautifully packaged, this book will make an ideal gift for first-time mothers as they exult in an experience that will change their lives forever.

Excerpt


The Motherhood Mindset

THIS BOOK is about the inner, often private experience of becoming a mother. In a sense, a mother has to be born psychologically much as her baby is born physically. What a woman gives birth to in her mind is not a new human being, but a new identity: the sense of being a mother. How does this identity emerge in each woman, and what does the process feel like? There are many books about the physiological and practical aspects of motherhood, but far less is written about the mental world where the new identity is formed. Becoming a mother is accomplished by the labor each woman performs on the landscape of her mind, labor resulting in a motherhood mindset, a deep and private realm of experience.

This motherhood mindset is not born at the moment the baby gives its first cry. The birth of a mother does not take . . .

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