The Stages of the Pregnancy/Childbirth Rite of Passage
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.
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