Item description for The Motherhood Club: Help, Hope and Inspiration for New Mothers from New Mothers (Sally Jessy Raphael's Red Eyeglass Series) by Shirley Washington & Ann L. Dunnewold...
Overview "The Motherhood Club" contains candid, reassuring stories by first-time moms from all walks of life as they adjust to motherhood. Their accounts will inspire, uplift and support new mothers as they learn to find their own way. Photos.
From the sheer exhaustion of multiple middle-of-the-night feedings and diaper changes to the exasperation of a colicky baby, most women are completely unprepared for the reality of life as a new parent. No matter how hard they labored in the delivery room, the real work begins when they take their babies home. In today's mobile society, many women live far from their families and often have no help past the first week or two postpartum. Until now, books read by mothers-to-be focus on the infant not the mother. In this fascinating book, new mothers share their most intimate thoughts on the joys and challenges of one of life's most precious and rewarding roles.
The Motherhood Club contains candid, reassuring stories by first-time moms from all walks of life as they adjust to motherhood. Their accounts will inspire, uplift and support new mothers as they learn to find their own way. Included are essays about loneliness, fear of putting baby into daycare, the trials and tribulations of breastfeeding, a changing body image, and the many moods of postpartum depression. At the end of each chapter, coauthors Shirley Washington and Ann Dunnewold, a licensed psychologist specializing in women's reproductive issues, dispel many myths of new motherhood with Dunnewold offering solid clinical analysis and advice.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.6" Width: 5.66" Height: 0.93" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Mar 30, 2002
ISBN 0757300022 ISBN13 9780757300028
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More About Shirley Washington & Ann L. Dunnewold
Shirley Washington is an Emmy award-winning television news anchor and reporter with KDFW-TV in Dallas, Texas. She is married and the mother of a beautiful boy. She and her family live in a Dallas suburb.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Motherhood Club: Help, Hope and Inspiration for New Mothers from New Mothers (Sally Jessy Raphael's Red Eyeglass Series)?
Grandfather Says: This is for All Mothers! Nov 26, 2002
As a grandfather of eight girls and boys, I have learned how challenging it is to be a Mother in the 21st Century.
The Motherhood Club with its true to life profiles of Mothers and children is the support group that carries Mothers through the bumpy times from baby birth on into childhood.
Buy this for your daughter, your grand daughter, your neices.
Dick Brasie Boston, Massachusetts
Mother's Love Oct 17, 2002
I felt that the author did a great job unveiling the truth about motherhood and all of it's expectations. People only emphasize the good times after becoming a parent. However, new mothers need to know that there will be trying times and that they're not alone. This book hits on these points and offers helpful solutions. These solutions are not from non-mothers but from mothers who have been there and have all the expertise to past on to new mothers.
Two Thumbs Up Oct 1, 2002
I read The Motherhood Club and I thought the book was very informative and uplifting. I am a mother of two beautiful children and I had quite an experience with them both. So many times we hear stories of how to care for our children or what to expect, but not often enough do we hear from the mothers. This book goes into great detail regarding the trials and tribulations each individual mother had to overcome. I loved the diversity and the overall format in which the book was written. Taking on new challenges can become overwhelming at times and it's good to know that there are others who have been in your same situation or similar. It's comforting to know that you are not alone and that you do have options. So when you think you are at the end of your rope and your colicky baby will never stop crying and go to sleep, there is light at the end of the tunnel and it's a blessing.
Two Thumbs Up Oct 1, 2002
I read The Motherhood Club and I found the book to be very informative and uplifting. I am a mother of two beautiful children and I had quite an experience with them both. So many times we hear stories of how to care for our children or what to expect, but not often enough do we hear from the mothers. The book goes into great detail regarding the emotional trials and tribulations each individual mom had to overcome. I loved the diversity and the overall format in which the book was written. Taking on new challenges can become overwhelming at times and it's good to know that there are others who have been in your same situation or similar. Just knowing that you are not alone and that there are options is comforting. So when you thought you were at the end of your rope and that your colicky baby would never go to sleep, there is light at the end of the tunnel and it is truly a blessing.
Not Bad Sep 2, 2002
As a newly minted mother, I chose this book for a much needed peptalk about this "club" of motherhood. Each chapter begins with a common motherhood myth, followed by stories from numerous new moms, their trials of exhaustion, anxiety, and uncertainty in caring for themselves and for baby. Which is then followed by an analysis and suggestions by psychologist Anne Dunnewold. The format can become rather dry after awhile (myth - personal story - analysis - myth - personal story - analysis), but overall the book does serve well in offering reassurance and support to frazzled new moms. It helps you realize, that you aren't the only one going through the changes, and no, you are not crazy for feeling so inept, guilty, angry, etc...
Some of the myths covered are: The Mothering Instinct Baby Bliss The Good Mother Myth The I Can Control My Body Myth The Breastfeeding Myth The Super Mom Myth The Bonding Myth And so on...
There tends to be a repeat of myths that are just worded differently. You will find some stories that you can relate to, and others that you don't really have any connection to, but isn't that just what motherhood is all about? Everyone has a different experience, a different view of things, but the one thing in common is "club membership". Overall, an average read.