Museum of Motherhood Conference - Manhattan College, NY
Changing the Conversation
Matrescence like Adolescence
I finally found a term in the anthropology literature – “matrescence like adolescence” — comes with a complex set of changes in multiple domains:
-Aurelie Athan, 2010
During my years of study, I leaned on literature from women-centered fields such as nursing and midwifery as well as feminist psychoanalysis. I found my ultimate rescue in anthropology where I discovered the lesser-known work on Matrescence by medical anthropologist Dana Raphale who also coined the word Doula and was at Columbia University. Shorty after, across the street at Teachers College, a course was also born in 2010 - Matrescence: Clinical and Developmental Implications.
A GAP in The Literature
The gaps and biases in the literature were systematically revealed.
WAM: Where are mothers in the scientific literature? Unpublished manuscvript