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Birth as an American Rite of Passage$
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Robbie Davis-Floyd

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520229327

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520229327.001.0001

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One Year

One Year

The Stages of the Pregnancy/Childbirth Rite of Passage

(p.22) Chapter 1 One Year
Birth as an American Rite of Passage

Robbi E. Davis-Floyd

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the pregnancy-birth continuum of experience as a year-long rite of passage for the mother. It explains that the phase during which the newly pregnant mother gradually separates herself from her former social identity has its beginnings in her very fluttering of conscious awareness of the possibility of pregnancy. The process of separation from her former structural identity can be considered complete only after the woman herself has fully accepted the pregnancy.

Keywords:   pregnancy-birth continuum, rite of passage, mother, social identity, structural identity

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