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Comments for MaMSIEblog http://mamsie.org/mamsieblog Blog on Maternal Issues Fri, 12 May 2017 09:25:23 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 Comment on Thinking Maternity Through Milky Breasts by Pilar http://mamsie.org/mamsieblog/2017/03/thinking-maternity-through-milky-breasts/#comment-93959 Fri, 12 May 2017 09:25:23 +0000 http://mamsie.org/mamsieblog/?p=981#comment-93959 How beautiful!
I relate to your experience Sharon.
Fantastic article.
Pilar

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Comment on Reproductive Justice: Uncovering the Voices of Women to Address Health Disparities within the United States by Ellie Smith by Moises http://mamsie.org/mamsieblog/2017/02/reproductive-justice-uncovering-the-voices-of-women-to-address-health-disparities-within-the-united-states-by-ellie-smith/#comment-93476 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:52:18 +0000 http://mamsie.org/mamsieblog/?p=976#comment-93476 I think that you hit the nail on the head. There is no such thing as a get rich scheme or free lunch.If you want to build a solid online business, it would take hard work, dedication and lots of time.At the end of the day, it will be all worth, if its financial freedom you after. I look forward to checking out your site and learning more.RegardsRoopesh

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Comment on Centralization of Obstetric Units: (Austerity) Challenges to Maternity Care- by Marita Vyrgioti by reverse flow smoker http://mamsie.org/mamsieblog/2016/01/centralization-of-obstetric-units-austerity-challenges-to-maternity-care/#comment-82273 Mon, 27 Jun 2016 22:52:46 +0000 http://mamsie.org/mamsieblog/?p=816#comment-82273 Thanks for taking the time to share this, I enjoy reading more on this.

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Comment on Centralization of Obstetric Units: (Austerity) Challenges to Maternity Care- by Marita Vyrgioti by anti rust spray http://mamsie.org/mamsieblog/2016/01/centralization-of-obstetric-units-austerity-challenges-to-maternity-care/#comment-82270 Mon, 27 Jun 2016 22:15:18 +0000 http://mamsie.org/mamsieblog/?p=816#comment-82270 The personal competence and kindness in dealing with this subject was very useful!

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Comment on Contributors by Verity welstead http://mamsie.org/mamsieblog/contributors-2/#comment-82247 Mon, 27 Jun 2016 07:40:47 +0000 http://mamsie.org/mamsieblog/?page_id=127#comment-82247 I am very interested in hearing more about your work. I am a photographer and mother of three teenage girls. I recently completed a MA at London College of Communication and my final project investigated parental control. I am currently researching the teenage desire to be seen and preparing a new body of work using self portraiture with the input of my teenage daughters’ friends. I look forward to hearing from you. Best, Verity

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Comment on Writing Maternal Ambivalence (and How we Love to Hate it..)- by Rosalind Howell by Rosalind Howell http://mamsie.org/mamsieblog/2016/01/writing-maternal-ambivalence-and-how-we-love-to-hate-it/#comment-80041 Mon, 14 Mar 2016 06:36:02 +0000 http://mamsie.org/mamsieblog/?p=804#comment-80041 Dear Joan,
Thank you for your response and apologies for the length of time between your comment and my response.
I think that what happens without effects what happens within, i.e our internal conflicts most likely interact with the cultural pressures placed on us as mothers creating a particular mix of feelings that is unique to us all.
Many of the women I currently work with are rightly preoccupied with this question of support. On the one hand they feel that what is lacking is a more traditional community around them for support, and to share the job of raising children, yet this combines with a lack of trust in institutions (such as the health service for taking away autonomy and choice around areas such as childbirth), and a strong sense of not wanting to parent as they had been parented, so not feeling their family of origin can be much of a source of support either. As mothers influenced by feminism the raising of our children becomes something we want to do ‘our way’, so there is ambivalence about receiving support when support can be experienced as coercive or conditional.
I agree with you too on the impact of the dismantling of services. Currently here Family Centre services are being taken apart, which entrenches even more the idea that Mother must do it all on her own.

Warm wishes
Ros

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Comment on Writing Maternal Ambivalence (and How we Love to Hate it..)- by Rosalind Howell by Joan Garvan http://mamsie.org/mamsieblog/2016/01/writing-maternal-ambivalence-and-how-we-love-to-hate-it/#comment-79282 Thu, 14 Jan 2016 00:22:51 +0000 http://mamsie.org/mamsieblog/?p=804#comment-79282 Hi Rosalind,

Thanks for your article with reflections on the experience and writings about maternal ambivalence. This certainly is a worthy topic made more so the many powerful responses. I completed a doctorate which I titled Maternal Ambivalence in contemporary Australia: navigating equity and care. In this I spoke about the ambivalences that were evident in interviews with women on the ‘transition to parenthood’. In the thesis I said that I saw no evidence of ambivalence towards the infant/child, though I hastened to add that the mothers wouldn’t have told me if they had mixed feelings towards their child. I saw the kind of devotion clearly evident today that leads the vast majority of women to place both their health and their long term economic security at risk so as to cater to the needs of their infants/children. Something I wonder about mothering in that it ‘matters too much’ both to myself and to many women – a topic I think that is also worthy of consideration.

What I found in my research was – ambivalence about the place these women found themselves in after the birth, particularly in regard to their relationship with their partners, the massive gap between their expectations and their experience.

Life is too hard for women after the birth of an infant, not simply because they have mixed and often unexplained feelings towards their child (what I think is the most complex of our relationships) but because they are relegated prime responsibility for the care and well-being of their infant/child with little opportunity to reflect on the experience and with very little social support.

They say it takes a village to raise a child but we, most often, in the western world are far from a village and couples are under increasing pressure to do it alone. This isn’t good for mothers, fathers, babies and children but its also not good for society. There is mounting evidence of the need and value of early intervention to assist young families while concurrently programs are being pulled apart. No bloody wonder mothers experience mixed feelings which are certainly contributing to very high rates of depression and anxiety.

Best, Joan G

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