Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy

Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy

What to read after What to Expect . . . . A badass, feminist, and personal deep-dive into the science and culture of pregnancy and early motherhood that debunks myths and dated assumptions, offering guidance and camaraderie to women navigating one of the biggest and most profound changes in their lives. Like most first-time mothers, Angela Garbes was filled with questions w What to read after What to Expect . . . . A badass, feminist, and personal deep-dive into the science and culture of ...

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Title:Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy
Author:Angela Garbes
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0062662961
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy Reviews

  • Annie
    Sep 02, 2018
    Actually a really fun read, if you can believe. Really quick read too, I buzzed through in a matter of days. For me a lot of info I already knew but learned some great stuff on microchimerism (!!!!!) and deeply appreciated her discussion of the pelvic floor ...
  • Devon Steven
    Aug 23, 2018
    Mandatory reading for expecting parents They should bundle this book with pregnancy tests. They should have stacks in OB-GYN offices. They should include this in every high school reproductive health class. ...
  • Mehrsa
    Aug 19, 2018
    I thought that the premise was interesting, but the book seems to be aimed at people who have never had babies or know nothing about childbirth. It seems like an informational text as opposed to a response to culture or analysis. Perhaps if I were pregnant for the first time, I would a...
  • Jaime
    Apr 09, 2018
    This. Is. Excellent. I say that as a mother, as a maternal-child health MPH, and as a woman. This tells it like it is, with the science and research and sociology to back it up. I laughed, i underlined, I wrote in the margins. I only wish I?d had this when I was pregnant. She writes ...
  • Erin
    Aug 07, 2018
    Interesting and beautifully written. I started reading while I was waiting for my due date and finished it while nursing my infant (I took breaks, it was actually a fairly quick read) This book has affirmed/informed what I have been going through. I would definitely recommend! ...
  • Amanda
    Jun 19, 2018
    This was lower on science than I would have liked, especially because I found this book after so enjoying her article on the science of breastfeeding, but it was fascinating and honest account of one women's experience finding her own way through pregnancy and motherhood. ...
  • Jaci Millette Cooper
    Apr 16, 2018
    Motherhood- it's an unfolding. Of course, I don't know this firsthand- I cannot relate, but Garbes? use of the literal unfolding of paper as a metaphor for the transformation of motherhood, gradual and all at once, makes me almost believe I can empathize: ?At first, I see t...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Jul 20, 2018
    Public library copy This made me really glad that I am old, and that I had my children long enough ago that maternity clothes were tents and there were topics that just... weren't discussed. Now everything needs to be discussed, apparently. Still, I learned a lot, especially tha...
  • Chinook
    Jul 18, 2018
    I learned a lot, I cried a lot, I contemplated a lot. It?s a good look at the realities of giving birth in America right now, a good exploration into interesting things going on in a mother?s body. It centres the experience of the mother, rather than the child which is refreshing. ...
  • Sarah
    Jun 09, 2018
    I wish this had been longer, because I feel like it touched on so much and could have been thousands of pages. But it?s great and worth reading. ...
  • Emma
    Oct 31, 2018
    not pregnant just an MPH and a feminist who cares about maternal health!!! ...
  • Allison
    Aug 28, 2018
    I never would have guessed that learning about the placenta would make me cry, but it did. I am in awe of the female body, my body, and what it is capable of doing. This book is incredible. Everybody, male and female, should give it a read. ...
  • Jaime
    Jun 19, 2018
    UPDATE: For those who want more info on breastfeeding - and why pushing new moms to nurse is misguided - check out this article on the Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bre... As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about it...
  • Laura
    Aug 27, 2018
    The best book I?ve read about pregnancy and parenthood. And I?ve read a lot. ...
  • M.
    Jul 27, 2018
    Very interesting read about the science of pregnancy. The author does a good job of diving in to the things she knows a lot about (the placenta, breastfeeding) but also illuminating the fact that we know shockingly little about the process by which we all come into the world. More ...
  • Denise
    Oct 14, 2018
    A must read. Quick, empowering, and oh so relatable. Thank you!!! ...
  • Casey
    Sep 26, 2018
    Finally getting around to reading this one and loving it so far. Finally someone is speaking about pregnancy and child rearing truthfully and without shame. ...
  • Kent District Library
    Sep 07, 2018
    ?Like a Mother brought what most books on motherhood lack: anatomy and science. Garbes puts full-body female health into perspective all while not dismissing or undermining anecdotal experience. I think everyone could benefit from reading this, not just expectant mothers, mothers who...
  • Samantha
    Jun 27, 2018
    There's a pretty good consensus nowadays that pregnancy guides are problematic in various ways. They're condescending, judgmental, and aren't very informative. There's a real need for books that speak more to the science of pregnancy and don't infantilize women when offering advice, an...
  • Katya
    May 29, 2018
    There is some great stuff in this title, and I enjoyed reading it. Garbes is a thoughtful and illustrative writer--she really digs into imagery and detail. I wish, though, that this book had been more heavily edited. There is no clear throughline, and subjects thus receive a random-see...
  • Sidney Vadbunker
    Sep 12, 2018
    I didn?t totally agree 100% on all her points, but I did really enjoy an honest account of pregnancy and motherhood along with a lot of really good scientific facts about what is happening in your body during and post pregnancy. There was so much amazing information that truly has me...
  • Laura
    Oct 19, 2018
    ?I wonder what else we might learn simply by listening to women.? Great read. I learned a lot and have a newfound respect for the placenta! ...
  • Cassie Lee
    Oct 12, 2018
    READ THIS BOOK. ...
  • Darcy
    Jun 18, 2018
    Since becoming pregnant and then becoming a mother, I have had lots of moments where I?ve said to myself, ?Why doesn?t anyone TELL YOU about this??!? This book, more than any other pregnancy/parenthood book I?ve read, tells you those things: the gross postpartum issues, the l...
  • Rachel
    Sep 09, 2018
    I have a six month old, so everything in this book is still fresh and raw to me. If I had read this book before I had my daughter, I'm not sure I would have given it 5 stars. If I had first picked up this book several years from now, many years past my first full term pregnancy and exp...
  • Meggie
    Jun 11, 2018
    4.5 stars I wish I could have read this book before giving birth to my son. Garbes?a journalist?writes about pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum life as a mother in an equally informative and emotional way. I found myself resonating with a lot of her observations about having a...
  • Kristin-Leigh
    Aug 25, 2018
    I've never given birth, and never intend to, but this was an incredibly interesting book about how much we know (and don't know) scientifically about the mechanisms of pregnancy and motherhood. As a non-mother I would compare its appeal to a Mary Roach book - individual chapters dig in...
  • AnnieLiz Love
    Jun 03, 2018
    I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars! I?m currently 29 weeks pregnant and this book has been a revelation in the best way possible. I laughed, I cried, I was shocked- Thank you to Angela Garbes for writing this book. It meant so much to me. ...
  • Stephanie A Chamberlin
    Aug 31, 2018
    I would highly recommend this book for new moms or anyone with an expecting or new mom in their life. Even the parts of this personal reflection that did not resonate with my own experience allowed me to reflect on pregnancy and motherhood in a new way. This book gives women permission...
  • Hannah
    Jun 04, 2018
    I have two children, 3 years old and 18 months. So my days are full of diapers, making snacks, so much laundry and someone is on me constantly. So when I read a book in two days, it?s a Big Deal. This is the book pregnant people should read. This is the book their partners and su...