I’m excited, proud and slightly nervous to announce that my first peer-reviewed article will be published soon!
My article is called “Navigating the Waters of Early Motherhood: Somatic Awareness, Creative Expression, and Being Held”. It is intended in part to support other new mothers. I share some of the body-centred, creative, and interpersonal practices that I found useful in my first years of being a mother. To illustrate these I offer pieces of my personal experience alongside research and clinical practice. Towards the end I also discuss how as a society we could support new parents more helpfully.
I’ve oriented the book to mothers because the edited collection is so-defined, though I believe it could be helpful to fathers too.
The edited collection of articles is called: Everyday World-Making: Towards an Understanding of Affect and Mothering. It is now available for preorder!
Demeter Press, a feminist publishing house focusing on issues pertaining to mothering, reproduction, sexuality and family, will publish the anthology.
Here is a description of the book from the editors:
This cross-disciplinary collection considers the intersection of affect and mothering, with the aim of expanding both the experiential and theoretical frameworks that guide our understanding of mothering and of theories of affect. It brings together creative, reflective, poetic, and theoretical pieces to question, challenge, and re-conceptualize motherhood through the lens of affect, and affect through the lens of motherhood.
The collection also aims to explore less examined mothering experiences such as failure, disgust, and ambivalence in order to challenge normative paradigms and narratives surrounding mothers and mothering. The authors in this collection demonstrate the theoretical and practical possibilities opened up by a simultaneous consideration of affect and mothering, thereby broadening our understanding of the complexities and nuances of the always changing experiences of affect and mothering.