Like a Mother

Angela Garbes

Like a Mother



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Like a Mother: a Feminist Journey through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy describes Angela Graves’ personal journey to becoming a mother. It also reflects on the subject of pregnancy, and offers insights into what motherhood really means. Pregnancy is the most natural thing in the world, and ensures the survival of the human species, yet it is rarely spoken about in a meaningful and constructive way. There is a severe lack of reliable information out there, which means that pregnant women and new mothers often have to learn everything on their own as they go. This book is dedicated to the women of the future, in the hope that they will be able to experience their pregnancy, and everything that comes after, with more knowledge and awareness.

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Analysis and key concepts


Pregnancy is an experience that almost always takes us by surprise, regardless of our expectations


We do not talk nearly enough about the life-changing experience of pregnancy


Childbirth is a momentous experience that has the power to change everything


When we come home from the hospital with a new baby, we have to start rethinking our entire lives


An awareness of our own body, and of the human body in general, is what mothers should try to pass on to their daughters




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Many useful tips to:

  • Reflect on the concept of motherhood from a female perspective. 
  • Learn about one woman’s struggle to become a mother. 
  • Realise that many women go through similar experiences, and that women are rarely ever totally alone. 
  • Re-evaluate the role of women and the meaning of motherhood in general, especially during pregnancy. 

Angela Garbes began writing for the weekly magazine The Stranger in 2006 and joined the publication as a permanent member of staff in 2014. Shortly after becoming pregnant, she published an article that immediately went viral, called The More I Learn About Breast Milk, the More Amazed I Am. As a result of the interest generated by her article, Garbes continued to research motherhood and pregnancy, and published her first book, Like a Mother. Garbes is also a public speaker and radio commentator. 

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