You don t have to be alone Share the experiences, successes, and struggles of many other women before and after childbirth in this all in one mothercare guide about family, work, the baby or second or third baby , and you Includes checklists, plan ahead suggestions, questionnaires, and muchDrawn from three years of research, the author s own experience, and the candid recollections of many mothers married and single, birth and adoptive, older and younger the nine chapters in this comprehensive guide cover all aspects of the postpartum experience, including what the new mom should expect when she goes homewhat postpartum is and how long it lastswhere to find breastfeeding helphow to ask for helpthe new mom s home care optionsrealistic going back to work optionshow to relieve the isolation of at home motheringwhat to say and not to say to family membersand much


10 thoughts on “Mothering the New Mother: Women's FeelingsNeeds After Childbirth: A Support and Resource Guide

  1. Melissa Melissa says:

    Not a fan Needed to read this for doula certification but I found it to be very dated Many of the references are from the 90s and it all feels ancient to me my children were born in 2001 and 2005 so I can t imagine how mothers of 2015 would respond to it There was also a big reliance on personal anecdotes and stories that kind of thing is helpful in small doses, but if felt like padding and didn t add much.


  2. Janette Janette says:

    Mothering the New Mother is an excellent book that covers just about everything a new mother needs to know about the changes in her and her environment once she becomes a mother.Based on the premise that the needs of a new mother would seem simple to define rest so you can heal gentle education and reassurance as you gain confidence in your mothering skills nourishing food and drink for yourself a relinquishment of practical chores to someone else so you can withdraw into yourself and your Mothering the New Mother is an excellent book that covers just about everything a new mother needs to know about the changes in her and her environment once she becomes a mother.Based on the premise that the needs of a new mother would seem simple to define rest so you can heal gentle education and reassurance as you gain confidence in your mothering skills nourishing food and drink for yourself a relinquishment of practical chores to someone else so you can withdraw into yourself and your baby knowledge about what is going on with your body and spirit realistic images and guideposts about the range of feelings other women have experienced postpartum a place to debrief and talk about the birth itself and your emotions most especially, some mothering for yourself, so you can feel protected and honoured and continually replenished at a time when many women say they feels as if they are forgotten, peripheral, or running on empty Basically this quotation from the award winning author, Sally Placksin, and mother of two, says it all This book has nine chapters covering everything a new mother needs to know life after childbirth, differing cultural and historical practices from around the world the first weeks breastfeeding postpartum depression going back to work or staying at home other children and creating a postpartum plan La Leche League philosophy is supported.The writing is clear, compassionate and very informative I found myself nodding in agreement so many times Placksin indicates an intimate knowledge of this very important subject and the reader also benefits from the many personal stories of other mothers collected by the author.Each chapter finishes with a list of helpful agencies and groups Unfortunately, we in New Zealand can only dream about accessing so much help.The book is quite large so perhaps it would be best if new mothers just read each chapter on a needs to know basis rather than trying to read it all at once


  3. Jen Jen says:

    Needs to be updated to berelevant today


  4. Rachel Rachel says:

    This is really common sense Maybe it needs to be said, but I think anyone who would buy and read this book is already mindful of the needs of the new mother.


  5. Dr. Dena Dr. Dena says:

    Such a wonderful book A must read for anyone wanting to understand motherhood in context Perfect for developing theories and approaches that better support mothers and babies especially during postpartum A useful read for anthropologists or peripartum professionals as well Necessary to understand the ritual and transition that new mothers go through Women and children are disproportionately affected by violence in this world The transition to Motherhood is a vulnerable and high need time t Such a wonderful book A must read for anyone wanting to understand motherhood in context Perfect for developing theories and approaches that better support mothers and babies especially during postpartum A useful read for anthropologists or peripartum professionals as well Necessary to understand the ritual and transition that new mothers go through Women and children are disproportionately affected by violence in this world The transition to Motherhood is a vulnerable and high need time that is also very special and critical to the continuation of our species and way of life It benefits us to have a better understanding of how to approach women especially in the absence of critical support systems and cultural norms that once upon a time better visualize and process this transition In our modern world it seems women and babies as with elders are shoved to the book ends of society as everyone else speedily passes through We need to remember the circle way of peripartum which really does connect with bump to Baby I don t understand why some individuals in the birth world and others post critical comments it really does show a mismatch between the modern approach to organizing professional care for hire as opposed to some of these simple ways to support moms I definitely don t snub my nose at this read Thank you to the author for writing this book I would love to see an updated and revised edition with new references and attention to what we know and don t know about postpartum to guide future research although that could be another book in and of itself One of my favorites


  6. Karina Scott Karina Scott says:

    This book is often required reading for new doulas It closely examines a woman s journey into motherhood, along with all of the big emotions that go along with it It covers the importance of creating a support network It also examines stay at home moms and mothers returning to work Finally, it has a section about siblings as well Each chapter is also full of resources, though I did not check to see if the mentioned places were still functioning or not.


  7. Rachel Rachel says:

    Read for my Doula training Sally Packsin is a great author and spells out the need for support during Postpartum extremely well Every new mom should read this book as well as her birth partner


  8. Katieloowho Katieloowho says:

    There are some helpful ideas and i love the appendices but all in all it was a rough read.


  9. Kelly Kelly says:

    3.5 stars Gives some good perspectives on the postpartum period and good ideas for planning for and finding the support new moms need On the downside, it is wildly out of date resource sections feature videotapes and no websites for example and doulas were only beginning to define the profession and gets a bit redundant Still, plenty of valuable perspectives on a wide variety of aspects of the first postpartum year so it is worth the read for moms to be I hope they issue an updated edition 3.5 stars Gives some good perspectives on the postpartum period and good ideas for planning for and finding the support new moms need On the downside, it is wildly out of date resource sections feature videotapes and no websites for example and doulas were only beginning to define the profession and gets a bit redundant Still, plenty of valuable perspectives on a wide variety of aspects of the first postpartum year so it is worth the read for moms to be I hope they issue an updated edition


  10. Jillian Freeland Jillian Freeland says:

    There is so much a mother goes through during her pregnancy, but her birth and labor experience will leave a mark on her heart forever She will never forget it What follows her birth will give her the stepping stools to make her feel like a good mother Everyone mother, mother in law, sister, sister in law, friends, spouses every person who plans to be supporting a new mom should consider reading this book It will help you understand and prepare for all that a new mother will be walking t There is so much a mother goes through during her pregnancy, but her birth and labor experience will leave a mark on her heart forever She will never forget it What follows her birth will give her the stepping stools to make her feel like a good mother Everyone mother, mother in law, sister, sister in law, friends, spouses every person who plans to be supporting a new mom should consider reading this book It will help you understand and prepare for all that a new mother will be walking through