Surviving Teenage Motherhood: Myths and Realities

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Springer, Sep 22, 2010 - Political Science - 241 pages
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This book explores the experiences of pregnant teenagers, their partners, and midwives, from pregnancy realisation through the early years of motherhood. It examines changing attitudes to female sexuality and moral discourses on adolescent subjectivity especially as these pertain to teenage motherhood.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Teenage Pregnancy Motherhood and Family Life
14
2 Introducing the Teenagers and their Significant Others
34
Pregnancy Realisation and Disclosure
46
4 Through Pregnancy
75
5 Labour and Birth Narratives
110
Mothering in the Early Postnatal Period
137
Everyday Practices and Identity Formation
169
8 Looking Back and Looking Forward
202
Bibliography
211
Index
229
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HELEN STAPLETON is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Australia. A qualified midwife, she previously worked in both public and private sectors. Her research interests, and publications, focus on motherhood and parenting cultures, sexuality and reproduction, and body image and identity. Helen is a member of various professional organisations and a former board member of the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth, University of Sheffield, UK.