Paths To Parenthood: Emotions On The Journey Through Pregnancy, Childbirth, And Early Parenting by Renata KokanoviPaths To Parenthood: Emotions On The Journey Through Pregnancy, Childbirth, And Early Parenting by Renata Kokanovi

Paths To Parenthood: Emotions On The Journey Through Pregnancy, Childbirth, And Early Parenting

byRenata KokanoviEditorPaula A. Michaels, Kate Johnston-ataata

Hardcover | September 14, 2018

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This interdisciplinary book explores the affective dimensions of becoming a parent, traversing the life-cycle journey of pregnancy, childbirth, and early parenting. Bringing together researchers from sociology, history, feminist studies, cultural studies, general medicine, and psychiatry,Paths to Parenthoodanalyses rich narratives that represent a diverse cross-section of parents, including migrants, same-sex couples, and single parents.
Renata KokanoviÄ is Professor of Medical Sociology and Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow at RMIT University, Melbourne,Melbourne, and Adjunct Professor, Monash Public Health and Preventative Medicine, Monash University. She works at the intersection of the critical social sciences, humanities, psychiatry, cultural studies, and s...
Title:Paths To Parenthood: Emotions On The Journey Through Pregnancy, Childbirth, And Early ParentingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:254 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:September 14, 2018Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9811301425

ISBN - 13:9789811301421


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.- Chapter 1: The complex and contradictory emotional paths to parenthood.- Part I: Journeys into pregnancy and childbirth.- Chapter 2:  Postnatural families: Refiguring intimacy through assisted reproduction.- Chapter 3: Embodying pregnancy and self-surveillance.- Chapter 4: Pain and suffering in labour and birth.- Part II: Journeys into early parenthood.- Chapter 5: Same-sex attracted parents' emotional transitions to parenthood.- Chapter 6: The turbulent emotions of early parenthood.- Chapter 7: 'What have I done?': An exploration of the ambivalent, unimaginable emotions of new motherhood.- Chapter 8: Narrating and disrupting postnatal depression.- Chapter 9: 'One of the most vulnerable times in your life': Expectations and emotional experiences of support in the early postnatal period.- Chapter 10: Labour after labour: Negotiating caring for children and paid work.- Appendix 1:  Emotional Experiences of Early Parenthood in Australian Families Project: Participant demographic characteristics.- Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Becoming a parent changes lives in all sorts of ways and the chapters in this collection sensitively chart experiences of undertaking mothering and fathering in a range of contexts.Across the chapters experiences from wanting a baby, through birth to early parenting and "balancing" caring demands with paid work, are examined. This approach captures and collectively crystalizes the ambivalence, which continues to pattern experiences of parenthood and especially motherhood. Experiences of pain and joy, regrets, guilt and love are narrated: even so, this book is challenging and honest, rather than depressing. Collectively the chapters pose fundamental questions for societies about how parenthood is assumed and configured and how parents are supported. This fascinating book provides a unique contribution to parenthood and feminist scholarship and is a must read for anyone interested in real life experiences of motherhood, fatherhood and the doing of modern family lives." (Professor Tina Miller, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK)"This edited collection is important reading. Based on interviews with new parents, the stories it tells belie idealised images of early parenthood. Interviewees report attempts to accommodate a new identity within changing relationships with partners, wider families and friends. Paths to Parenthood makes a significant contribution to contemporary social science and health care." (Dr. Kerreen Reiger, author of Our Bodies, Our Babies: The Forgotten Women's Movement)