Motherhood as a rite of passage: an anthropological perspective

  • Carole Yearley
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Abstract

For many women, becoming a mother means changes to their lives that are often unimaginable until they have experienced motherhood for themselves. Women describe intense feelings associated with motherhood, ranging from overwhelming love to resentment towards their babies (Ball 1989), and Holden (1990) argues that the depth of these emotions sometimes surprises and dismays the women themselves.

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