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03 Jul 2008

Modern Motherhood - changes and challenges

Modern motherhood

Modern motherhood

The findings of two important new Open University research studies on modern motherhood were debated at a recent conference. Hosted by The Open University and Family and Parenting Institute, the research looked at becoming a mother in the 21st century.


The two studies are:
The Making of Modern Motherhood, led by Professor Rachel Thomson and Dr Mary Jane Kehily from The Open University.

This study looks at how being a mother change women’s identities, what forms of entitlement (or loss) it brings and what social practices and forms of solidarity it incites.
(Report available to download – please see right.)

Becoming a Mother, led by Professors Wendy Hollway from The Open University and Ann Phoenix from the Thomas Coram Research Unit at the Institute of Education.

This research studied first-time mothers and followed 19 women who gave birth at the same hospital. The key findings relate to women’s experiences of birth and its ongoing impact on their mothering. It also looks at the support available to new mothers and how this contributes to their own and their baby’s wellbeing.

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