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. ...
  • Caitlinleah
    Dec 18, 2018
    My new favorite pregnancy book. I will be buying it for every pregnant person I know. So much that is true about my experience here. It?s like a collection of all my favorites. The chapter on pregnancy quotes from Emily oster?s Expecting Better. The chapter on labor interviews Pegg...
  • Diana
    Feb 04, 2019
    I?ve had two babies, one was a healthy pregnancy who is now a wild two year old and another ending in a stillbirth at 40 weeks. Both pregnancies made me a mother. This is the first pregnancy book I read I felt seen and heard. I admired the research and the emotional connection the wr...
  • beatricks
    Dec 26, 2018
    A fascinating though too-brief look at pregnancy and life postpartum (via both emerging science and personal experience), presented in opposition to popular disregard and lack of information on these subjects. If you're at all familiar with feminist conversations around either pregnanc...
  • 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 ...
  • Jessica Sullivan
    Dec 26, 2018
    At 31 weeks pregnant, this is the first and probably only book about pregnancy that I will have read before my baby arrives. Being pregnant means being constantly overwhelmed and inundated by information. I have been picky about where I seek it?especially if I?m going to be committ...
  • Erica
    Feb 04, 2019
    This was an amazing read! Everyone who has ever lived a life should read this book to take a closer look at pregnancy, pre and post natal care in America, and generally, to just understand more about giving birth. It?s something so shrouded in secrecy, and Garbes does an excellent jo...
  • 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. ...
  • Erica Hopper
    Jan 22, 2019
    I completely 100% support people reading this book. Whether you have gone through pregnancy, have intention to, or no intention at all; whether you identify as male or female. This is a very thought provoking book that certainly made me not only appreciate the immense changes that happ...
  • 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...
  • Louise
    Dec 15, 2018
    I finally read this book after hearing it referenced so many times on the Mom Rage podcast. It was great and now my go-to present for new parents. It had all the nitty gritty details about birth and aftercare that no one talks about as well as raw, emotional anecdotes from other mother...
  • 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...
  • 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!!! ...
  • 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...
  • Kara Belden
    Feb 01, 2019
    I had low expectations for this book. I figured I?d like it, but I never expected to find myself totally engrossed in the book and sobbing multiple times throughout. After all, I?ve already been through pregnancy twice, so what could I possibly get from this book? Ha! Boy, was I mi...
  • Brittany
    Dec 08, 2018
    "But, as someone who enjoys having a partner take charge and use a little force, I was frustrated to find that my husband was reluctant to be anything but gentle with me...Turns out it is pretty much impossible to convince someone to be aggressive toward you when you have a large abdom...
  • Denise
    Oct 14, 2018
    A must read. Quick, empowering, and oh so relatable. Thank you!!! ...
  • 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...
  • Carol
    Jan 09, 2019
    [O]ur culture has adopted the belief that sacrifice and suffering - in silence - are simply the costs of becoming a mother. While Beth Ann Fennelly?s Great with Child remains my all-time favorite book about pregnancy and motherhood, Garbes? Like a Mother is a much-needed, long o...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Amanda Arbuthnot
    Nov 25, 2018
    I have complicated feelings about this book. As a new mom reading this in the trenches of around the clock nursing and diapering and soothing there were passages that spoke to me so intimately, but in reality, most conversations with other moms feel that way to me. I appreciated this b...
  • Sarah
    Feb 18, 2019
    THIS WAS REALLY GOOD. ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...