Paths to Parenthood

Emotions on the Journey through Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Early Parenting

  • Renata Kokanović
  • Paula A. Michaels
  • Kate Johnston-Ataata

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Paula A. Michaels, Renata Kokanović
    Pages 1-17
  3. Journeys into Pregnancy and Childbirth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Paula A. Michaels
      Pages 69-92
  4. Journeys into Early Parenthood

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 233-254

About this book


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 Parenthood analyses rich narratives that represent a diverse cross-section of parents, including migrants, same-sex couples, and single parents.


parenting kinship caring family studies parenthood motherhood childbirth early parenting

Editors and affiliations

  • Renata Kokanović
    • 1
  • Paula A. Michaels
    • 2
  • Kate Johnston-Ataata
    • 3
  1. 1.Social and Global Studies CentreRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.School of Philosophical, Historical, and International Studies, Faculty of ArtsMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia
  3. 3.Social and Global Studies CentreRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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