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[Commlist] New Book: Early Motherhood in Digital Societies

Wed Jan 08 14:39:10 GMT 2020

Monograph /Early Motherhood in Digital Societies
Ranjana Das
published by Routledge

The book//offers a nuanced understanding of what the digital turn has meant for new mothers in an intense and critical period before and after they have a baby, often called the ‘perinatal’ period. */Early Motherhood in Digital Societies: Ideals, Anxieties and Ties of the  Perinatal,/*//has Chapter 1 and a Foreword by Shani Orgad available for free online <> and the hardback and e-book versions are available for purchase on the Routledge website <>.

The book looks at an array of digital communication and content by drawing on an extensive research project involving in-depth qualitative data from interviews with new mothers in the United Kingdom and online case studies. These stories are analysed to investigate the complexity of emotions around birth, the diversity of birth experiences and the myriad ways in which television, the press and social media impede and empower women giving birth. The book asks: what does the use of technology mean in the perinatal context and what implications might it have for maternal well-being? It argues for a balanced and context-sensitive approach to the digital for maternal well-being in the critical perinatal period.

By doing this, the book fills a gap in media studies, addressing itself to gaps within audience analysis, health communication and parenting. Contents include -

/Foreword/: Shani Orgad

Chapter 1: Mediated mists of the early days

Chapter 2: The Perinatal Ideal

Chapter 3: The /Good/ Birth

Chapter 4: The two sides of support rhetoric

Chapter 5: Short-lived ties, lasting implications

Chapter 6: Perinatal Anxiety and its Mediated Social Shaping

Chapter 7: Perinatality and the digital: Cautious-optimism

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