This book argues for increased recognition of pregnancy, birthing and childrearing as social activities demanding simultaneously physical, intellectual, emotional and moral work from those who undertake them. Amy Mullin considers both parenting and paid childcare, and examines the impact of disability on this work. The first chapters contest misconceptions about pregnancy and birth such as the idea that pregnancy is only valued for its end result, and not for the process. Subsequent chapters focus on childcare provided in different circumstances and on the needs of both providers and receivers of care.Many aspects of the gestural display of illness and impairment, the lack of control over aspects of the body, and the use of aids ... Most people do not respond to pregnant women in a similar way. ... excessive water retention in onea#39;s hands and feet, nausea and vomiting, an inability to carry heavy objects, and other commonanbsp;...
|Title||:||Reconceiving Pregnancy and Childcare|
|Publisher||:||Cambridge University Press - 2005-03-14|