Dr Joan Garvin and the Maternal Health and Wellbeing Resource site



(Below is information that was on the Mothers Be Heard website - before Your Storyline had been concieved. For an understanding of this context see MBH The Story.)

Below are a list of some key references that I have found interesting. While they are not the entirety of resources that I catalogued on the mothersbeheard.com website they offer important contributions to understanding the complexities of modern motherhood:


Burke, N. (2006, May 4). Women’s time squeeze. The Advertiser, p.14.

Lewis, S.E. & Nicolson, P. (1998). Talking about early motherhood: Recognizing loss and reconstructing depression. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 16(2/3), 177-197.

Linguey, T. (2007, June 9). Motherhood revolution. The Advertiser, pp.7-9.

Lupton, D. (2000). ‘A love/hate relationship’: The ideals and experiences of first-time mothers. Journal of Sociology, 36(1), 50-63.

Mansell, M. (2006, May 5). Burden of the modern mother. The Advertiser, p.16.

Nicolson, P. (1999). Loss, happiness and postpartum depression: The ultimate paradox. Canadian Psychology, 40(2), 162-178.

Parenting SA. & Child and Youth Health (2003). Being a mum: Parent easy guide 76 [Brochure]. Australia: Parenting SA.


Boulton, M. (1983). On being a mother: A study of women with pre-school children. London and New York: Tavistock Publications.

Brown, S., Lumley, J., Small, R., & Astbury, J. (1994). Missing voices: The experience of motherhood. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Buchanan, A. (2003). Mother shock: Loving every (other) minute of it. U.S.A.: Seal Press.

Buttrose, I. & Adams, P. (2005). Mother guilt. Australia, Victoria: Penguin Group.


Evans, D. & Evans, S. (2007). Mother who? Queensland: Big Sky Publishing.

Fox-Genovese, E. (1996). Feminism is not the story of my life: How today’s feminist elite has lost touch with the real concerns of women. U.S.A.: Anchor.

Friedan, B. (1963). The feminine mystique. Australia: The Dominion Press.

Government of South Australia (2010). Implementing health in all policies: Adelaide 2010. Kickbusch, I & Buckett, K. (Eds.) South Australia: The Department of Health.

Hays, S. (1996). The cultural contradictions of motherhood. New Haven and London: Yale University Press.

Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (2005). Striking the balance: Women, men, work and family. Sydney: HREOC.

Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (2007). It’s About Time: Women, men, work and family. Sydney: HREOC.

LeBlanc, W. (1999). Naked motherhood: Shattering illusions and sharing truths. Australia: Random House.

LeBlanc, W. (2002). Mothers in conflict: Expectation and experience. PhD Thesis, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Manne, A. (2005). Motherhood: How should we care for our children? Sydney: Allen & Unwin.

Maushart, S. (1997). The mask of motherhood: How mothering changes everything and why we pretend it doesn’t. Australia: Random House.


Maushart, S. (2005). What women want next. Melbourne: The Text Publishing Company.

Miller, T. (2005). Making sense of motherhood: A narrative approach. United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

Parliament of South Australia. (2004). Postnatal depression inquiry: Twentieth report of the social development committee. South Australia: Parliament of South Australia.

Power, R. (2008). The divided heart: Art and motherhood. Melbourne: Red Dog Books.


Rich, A. (1976). Of woman born: Motherhood as experience and institution. New York and London: W.W. Norton & Company.

Salt, B. (2006). The big picture: Life, work and relationships in the 21st century. Prahran, Victoria: Hardie Grant books.

Taplin, A. (2007). Being mummy. South Australia: Wakefield Press.

Thurer, S. (1994). The myths of motherhood: How culture reinvents the Good Mother.  U.S.A.: Houghton Mifflin Company.

Williamson, V. (2005). A hermeneutic phenomenological study of women's experiences of postnatal depression and health professional intervention. PhD Thesis, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia.





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