Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Science: Fraying Maternal Instincts

Will the recession result in better mothers?

Science Daily reports on research findings that

The trend to move miles away from hometowns and family for work is leaving many women feeling ‘ignorant and ill-equipped’ to cope with pregnancy and childbirth.

According to a University of Warwick study of motherhood, many women do not have the support and advice they need when they have a baby because they live too far from close family.
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The study also showed many women felt unprepared to care for their child and that motherhood was not instinctive. They agreed that they felt a natural instinct to care for their child, but had no idea how to go about it.

The collapse of the housing market and rising unemployment are reducing the mobility of the workforce. Perhaps one unanticipated mitigation will be an increase in the ability of new parents to draw upon traditional social support networks...

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