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

by Angela Garbes

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Overview

A candid, feminist, and personal deep dive into the science and culture of pregnancy and motherhood

Like most first-time mothers, Angela Garbes was filled with questions when she became pregnant. What exactly is a placenta and how does it function? How does a body go into labor? Why is breast best? Is wine totally off-limits? But as she soon discovered, it’s not easy to find satisfying answers. Your obstetrician will cautiously quote statistics; online sources will scare you with conflicting and often inaccurate data; and even the most trusted books will offer information with a heavy dose of judgment. To educate herself, the food and culture writer embarked on an intensive journey of exploration, diving into the scientific mysteries and cultural attitudes that surround motherhood to find answers to questions that had only previously been given in the form of advice about what women ought to do—rather than allowing them the freedom to choose the right path for themselves.

In Like a Mother, Garbes offers a rigorously researched and compelling look at the physiology, biology, and psychology of pregnancy and motherhood, informed by in-depth reportage and personal experience. With the curiosity of a journalist, the perspective of a feminist, and the intimacy and urgency of a mother, she explores the emerging science behind the pressing questions women have about everything from miscarriage to complicated labors to postpartum changes. The result is a visceral, full-frontal look at what’s really happening during those nine life-altering months, and why women deserve access to better care, support, and information.

Infused with humor and born out of awe, appreciation, and understanding of the female body and its strength, Like a Mother debunks common myths and dated assumptions, offering guidance and camaraderie to women navigating one of the biggest and most profound changes in their lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062662958
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 80,901
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Angela Garbes is a Seattle-based writer specializing in food, bodies, women’s health, and issues of racial equity and diversity. Garbes began writing for The Stranger in 2006, and became a staff writer in 2014. Her piece “The More I Learn About Breast Milk, the More Amazed I Am” is the publication’s most-read piece in its twenty-four-year history, and the inspiration for this book. Garbes is an experienced public speaker, frequent radio and podcast guest, and event moderator. She grew up in a food-obsessed, immigrant Filipino household and now lives in Seattle with her husband and two children.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I One of You

Chapter 1 Now What? 15

Chapter 2 Imperfect Choices 35

Chapter 3 An Organ as Two-Faced as Time 57

Chapter 4 Before I had a Baby, I Had a Miscarriage 75

Part II Two of You

Chapter 5 The Best-Laid Plans 93

Chapter 6 Take Care 121

Chapter 7 Mother's Milk 141

Part III A New You

Chapter 8 What This Body Means 165

Chapter 9 The Seat of Power 189

Chapter 10 Unfolding 215

Acknowledgments 233

Notes 237

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Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only pregnancy book you need to read! Smart, insightful, full of excellent research and delivered in a down-to-earth, personal way!