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Maternal relationships and support
Carla Pascoe Leahy

I remember being surprised by how much I wanted her [mother] around … I was shocked by how powerful that is. Some of it is sort of experiential stuff … as I moved through mothering S [child], I wanted to ask, ‘what was I like at two months of age?’ and ‘when did I grow my first tooth? Did I make

in Becoming a mother
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Mothers and their children
Carla Pascoe Leahy

’m lucky, because I know that not all women get to feel this at the moment of birth, but I did love her completely and immediately, more than anything I’d ever loved before … The first time I held S [child] in my arms was the first time I really felt like a mother, but then, once you know what being a mother feels like and you look back, you realise that it

in Becoming a mother
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Female sexual agency and male victims
Jenny DiPlacidi

[O]‌n genetic grounds, mother–son incest should be the rarest, brother–sister more common, and father–daughter the most common. Joseph Shepher, Incest : A Biosocial View ( 1983 ) 1 In examining the occurrence of

in Gothic incest
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Family, school and antenatal education
Angela Davis

3 Educating mothers: family, school and antenatal education D uring the second half of the twentieth century the question of how girls should be prepared for their future role as mothers provoked considerable debate. There was often disagreement about where the education of mothers should take place; and indeed if such education was necessary at all. Significant changes also took place over the period, as the assumption that all women would want to be mothers was challenged. Moreover, despite the rhetoric during these years about the need to educate girls to be

in Modern motherhood
Feminine and feminist educators and thresholds of Indian female interaction, 1870–1932
Tim Allender

response, Gandhi had at his disposal a bewildering array of possible criticisms about a clearly failed education system, yet he posed a simple question: would Hartog’s colonial education make Indian girls better mothers? 1 This chapter examines the emerging receptiveness of leading European females to the increasingly recognisable, to them, veracity of Indian cultural and

in Learning femininity in colonial India, 1820–1932
Cara Delay

3 The Irish Catholic mother Autobiographies and memoirs written in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries affirm the pivotal influence of the Irish Catholic mother. As Maynooth scholar Walter MacDonald reminisced in 1926: I love to think of my mother, who was quite unlike – superior to – any other woman whom I have met, of her class. ... She was always at work, heavy work very often, about the house – ­cleaning, washing, ironing, sewing, cooking … . I remember, above everything else, the reverent care with which she undressed us and put us to bed

in Irish women and the creation of modern Catholicism, 1850–1950
Donnacha Seán Lucey

3 Single mothers and institutionalisation This chapter examines the Irish Free State’s strategies to deal with unmarried mothers in the 1920s and 1930s. Prior to independence unmarried mothers and their children were often relieved in workhouses. In the reforms of the early 1920s a new network of county homes, county hospitals and district hospitals were established on the grounds of former workhouses. County and district hospitals solely provided acute medical attention, but the county homes were a continuation of the workhouses, and provided institutional

in The end of the Irish Poor Law?
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Maternal welfare and child health, 1920–40
Lindsey Earner-Byrne

3 The Dublin mother: maternal welfare and child health, 1920–40 Without doubt, apart from the special needy cases, ignorance on the part of young mothers is one of the greatest factors in the production of our high infant mortality rates; and, it is the wide-spread teaching of the simple rules of mothercraft we must rely upon if we are to save the babies and reduce the high death-rates … The mother has now every opportunity at her door for obtaining the necessary advice as to how to rear her infant, but the Treasury … has not provided adequately to give

in Mother and child
Women’s claims for financial support
Lindsay R. Moore

4 Wives and (unwed) mothers: women’s claims for financial support T he responsibilities incurred by men upon marriage and fatherhood were legally enforced by local authorities and the women who had a stake in seeing that these obligations were upheld. Wives who had been deserted or neglected by their husbands appealed to local magistrates to compel their husbands to provide financial maintenance, while unwed mothers and midwives often worked with local legal authorities to hold fathers accountable for child support. When male heads of household shirked their

in Women before the court
A capability approach to voluntarism, inclusion and quality of life in rural Norway
Kjersti Tandberg
Jill Merethe Loga

specific voluntary organisation, the Neighbourhood Mothers, in a rural community (Kvam Herad) versus in a larger city (Oslo). The empirical contribution in this chapter consists, besides building on secondary data from former research on the Norwegian voluntary sector, of a case study on the voluntary organisation called Neighbourhood Mothers in Norway, an organisation with a head

in Rural quality of life