24 July, 2021

Here To Maternity

Tsabary's book will evoke such nostalgia in mothers who have passed early parenthood. But do new mothers really read this stuff when it matters?

Here To Maternity
outlookindia.com
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My parental anxiety story goes back to when our baby was three months. Horrified by a vile sample of his output in the diaper, we rushed to the paediatrician. He examined the poop and pulled out a fat medical journal. There were pictures of baby potty in every shape, colour and texture and below each was written just one word: normal.

Tsabary’s book will evoke such nostalgia in mothers who have passed early parenthood. A clinical psychologist in the US, she discards scholarliness for a frank account of her own experiences.

The section on the new dad is particularly nice. Shefali’s husband is in Canada and her child is refusing to fall asleep. After hours of trying and nearly dead with exhaustion, she imagines him "tucked into his crisp hotel sheets" and calls him up: "Do you know how much work this is? And you never appreciate me...just don’t care...don’t help me enough and...complain that I don’t have enough sex with you, well this is why...you should take care of your child for just one full day and you’ll see how it feels."

But do new mothers really...

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