Narrating and disrupting postnatal depression

Stone, M and Kokanovic, R 2018, 'Narrating and disrupting postnatal depression' in Renata Kokanovic, Paula A. Michaels, and Kate Johnston-Ataata (ed.) Paths to Parenthood: Emotions on the Journey Through Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Early Parenting, Springer, Singapore, pp. 165-186.


Document type: Book Chapter
Collection: Book Chapters

Title Narrating and disrupting postnatal depression
Author(s) Stone, M
Kokanovic, R
Year 2018
Title of book Paths to Parenthood: Emotions on the Journey Through Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Early Parenting
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Singapore
Editor(s) Renata Kokanovic, Paula A. Michaels, and Kate Johnston-Ataata
Start page 165
End page 186
Subjects Sociology not elsewhere classified
Summary If becoming a mother involves a reworking of a womans sense of self, then becoming a depressed mother requires double the amount of self-work. This chapter explores the accounts of 19 women who identified as having experienced postnatal depression (PND). It examines how the women spoke of early maternal distress and how they related such distress to maternal subjectivities. In particular, it considers the tensions between what could be narrated and what exceeded, or interrupted, narration. The authors locate the accounts within a genre of recovery narratives, suggesting that they allowed women to narrate away feelings of maternal inadequacy or impairment. Furthermore, the authors extend their analysis beyond the discursive realm, inferring non-verbal, indeed non-narratable, cadences in the narrative performance. Finally, they reflect on how such cadences might articulate with the heightened relationality of early maternity.
Copyright notice © The Author(s) 2018
DOI - identifier 10.1007/978-981-13-0143-8_8
ISBN 9789811301438
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