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

  • Erin
    Jun 26, 2018
    This book was incredibly interesting. It's about pregnancy and birth from a feminist perspective. I was taken aback by how little I know about this stuff. For example, the placenta is an entirely new organ that your body grows! I guess I knew this but like...never really thought about ...
  • Jennifer
    Jul 10, 2018
    This is an incredible book?a mix of wonderfully poetic language about pregnancy, birth, and the body; a real passion for the science behind bringing a new life into the world; comfort for women and the various struggles they face in trying to and then becoming a mother; and a wonderf...
  • Rachel
    Jul 12, 2018
    Local author! Wacky true science facts! I endorse this. ...
  • Ruth
    Jul 05, 2018
    I'm so glad this book exists?it's a fascinating account of the biology of pregnancy and goes into much greater depth (in much fewer pages) than anything else I've read. Her discussions of the culture of pregnancy are also much needed?it's the first book I've read to address pregnan...
  • Lauren
    Jun 18, 2018
    I listened to the author?s interview on Fresh Air with Terry Gross and immediately downloaded the book, speeding through it in two days. It is the book I didn?t realize I was waiting for in pregnancy and preparing for childbirth. The author is candid about the physical and psycholo...
  • 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 ...
  • Sai
    Jun 07, 2018
    This was an honest and thoughtful personal research driven book which is much needed in the societies we live in - where women are expected to ?naturally? take on lives and roles which are difficult to transform into, and traumatic, despite the miracle and joy factor that exists fo...
  • Sana
    Jun 24, 2018
    What a phenomenal book! So many parts left me shocked to the point where I had to read it out loud to whoever was around me at the time. I highlighted and underlined things like never before. One of the reviews on the back cover say, "Required reading for mothers, doubly required for e...
  • 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. ...
  • Katelyn
    Jun 18, 2018
    Fascinating information about pregnancy and childbirth written in an easy to read, enjoyable narrative connected to Garbes experiences with pregnancy and childbirth. I especially enjoyed the amazing facts on breastfeeding and the placenta, as well as Garbes awesome, reassuring attitude...
  • 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...
  • kaylin
    Jun 06, 2018
    Finally a book about pregnancy that does not exclusively center the experiences of middle class white women!! After slogging through a lot of crappy pregnancy books this one was such a welcome change. Not only does Garbes talk about outcome inequities during pregnancy and birth (black ...
  • Bonnie Limbird
    Jul 06, 2018
    Even 12 years past pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding, this book was fascinating. It triggered memories I had long since forgotten, as well as several "aha!" moments and a few "Wow!"s. I wish I'd had this to read during my first trimester and through the first few years of motherhood....
  • Colleen
    Jun 30, 2018
    This is an enjoyable mix of (pop-)science writing and memoir/reflective writing. I wished I had had it a year ago when I was on maternity leave!! I?m not usually reading authors who spend a lot of time pondering intersectional feminism but this book, and its treatment of those iss...
  • 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. ...
  • Jaime
    Jun 19, 2018
    As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about its premise perfectly encapsulated where my mommy brain now resides. There were so many wonderful parts of this book. The chapter about the placenta was utterly fascinating and contained a level ...
  • JoEllen
    Jun 06, 2018
    In the same way of thinking as Expecting Better, this book cuts through some of the generalized, moralized, fluffy pregnancy advice to focus on the proven facts. I really appreciate the fresh look at the science of pregnancy and childbirth, especially the focus on the often-overlooked ...
  • Jenny
    Jun 14, 2018
    Highly recommend this book to all expecting mothers. This book made lots of good points, debunked myths and gave me a clearer idea of the horror of what?s going to happen to me. No matter what you?re looking for in the internet, you?ll always find the answer you?re looking for-...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • shanna washington
    Jul 09, 2018
    Smart, relatable, relevant to the modern day mother Great mix of memoir, science , and contemplation. I'm six months pregnant with my first and I feel like it jump started my brain into working again. The writing style is very enjoyable to read. It is full of really interesting info...
  • Jordan
    Jul 03, 2018
    This book was exactly what I needed! I am currently nearing the end of the second trimester of my first pregnancy. ?Like a Mother? inspired me and made me fall in love with my body. I have been finding myself quoting facts from the book daily to whoever will listen. My own mother, ...
  • 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...
  • Carrie
    Jun 28, 2018
    Fascinating combination of personal memoir and science-y stuff about pregnancy and the female body (as a non-pregnant woman I really enjoyed it). A reminder that we know so little about the female body and pregnancy. I?m so grateful for the researchers out there that choose to study ...
  • Sam Southerd
    Jul 04, 2018
    Hated her 30 page discussion on alcohol and pregnancy but the rest was interesting. The book is more her story and experiences than true scientific facts but she did try to weave some science in. Nothing new for me but still enjoyable. Might be too much for a first time mom? Lots of wo...
  • Amanda Layton
    Jul 05, 2018
    I really liked the mix of science and narrative Ms Garbes uses. The world could use more books like this and I hope she keeps expanding on the topic--especially with a focus on science. I did find, like many books on the science of being a woman, that I was left with not much hope for ...
  • 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. ...
  • Lynn
    Jun 23, 2018
    Very informative, well written. Wish I?d had this when I was pregnant and had become a mother the first time. I found I could relate to a lot of the descriptions of a new mother?s postpartum mental, physical and emotional states. Also, science! Loved the detailed (yet not bogged do...
  • 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...