Pregnancy: The Inside Story [NOOK Book]

Overview

No longer defined by reproductivity, women have a choice—whether, when, where, and how to have and/or mother a baby. If women wish to understand their own female experience, they can no longer be framed within a masculine model but must attend to and express their inner voices. Men and the growing baby also have inner experiences to unfold.

Drawing on many thousands of hours of listening, Joan Raphael-Leff explores aspects of the inside story...
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Pregnancy: The Inside Story

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Overview

No longer defined by reproductivity, women have a choice—whether, when, where, and how to have and/or mother a baby. If women wish to understand their own female experience, they can no longer be framed within a masculine model but must attend to and express their inner voices. Men and the growing baby also have inner experiences to unfold.

Drawing on many thousands of hours of listening, Joan Raphael-Leff explores aspects of the inside story in the book: What meanings does childbearing carry in the internal world? How does a pregnant woman live with two people under skin? what unconscious forces are involved in an expectant partner's experience? Which dreams, fears, and fantasies proliferate around pregnancy and birth? When do women become who they are in relation to babies and their own baby selves? Why does exposure to the naked needs of a newborn so affect caregivers? And how do parental preconceptions influence the emotional climate in a household after the birth?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461733300
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1995
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 215
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Joan raphael-Leff, a practising psychoanalyst, is a full member of the British Psycho-Analytical Society and the International Psychoanalytical Association. She is also a social psychologist and serves on the Steering Committee of the Royal Society of Medicine's forum for maternity and the newborn.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Conceived Fantasies 7
2 Pandora's Box 26
3 The Placental Paradigm 48
4 The Place of Paternity 54
5 A Model of Differing Orientations 64
6 Changing Relationships 76
7 Conceived Realities - Technological Gains - and Loss 93
8 The Birth 109
9 Different Approaches to Parenting - Facilitators, Regulators and Reciprocators 129
10 Journey to the Interior - Pre- and Perinatal Psychotherapy 154
11 Therapy in Early Parenthood 176
Epilogue 191
App Vulnerability During Childbearing 193
Bibliography 206
Index 212
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