Reproductive Lives of Twenty Middle Class North American Women. Autoethnographical Analyses with Bibliographical Extensions

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This collection contains twenty-three chapters which chronicle women’s lived reproductive lives beginning with menarche and ending with daughters who were caretakers of their own mothers as they were dying. The contributors are women from universities in the United States and Canada.


“Dr. Hufnagel has no doubt provided the academic community with another well-crafted work that further illuminates the psycho-social aspects of reproduction. The scholarship is stellar with bibliographies on autoethnography as well as women’s reproduction… readers will be moved by these extraordinary narratives and rewarded by the superlative scholarship that Dr. Hufnagel brings to this exploration.”
-Dr. Courtney Vaughn, Brian E. and Sandra O’Brien Presidential Professor in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education,
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies,
at the University of Oklahoma

“Dr. Hufnagel has provided an excellent reference book for a wide range of students who in their professional life will interact with women as clients at points in their reproductive life span. This book should be required reading for students in Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work.”
-Dr. Mary Ditton,
Senior Lecturer in Health Management,
University of New England, Australia

“The autoethnographic stories in Dr. Hufnagel’s book provide broad views of cultural and individual norms pertaining to child bearing and child rearing practices as well as the personal views of several women who have had abortions…this book carefully cuts across racial, ethnic, gender orientation, and social class boundaries…[it’s] about life and death from various cultural perspectives, and the inevitable wide range of human emotions experienced by females who try to make sense of their decisions to give birth to a child or to have an abortion, and the community roles these women play, specifically as daughters, mothers, stepmothers, surrogate or adopted mothers, grandmothers, and partners… The well-written narratives in the book are not always comforting for those of us who prefer happy endings, however, life span decisions, as Dr. Hufnagel and the other contributors to her book tell us, are not always pleasant but they are always necessary.”
-George Henderson Ph.D.,
Sylvan N. Goldman Professor Emeritus,
David Ross Boyd Professor Emeritus and Regents’ Professor Emeritus
Human Relations, Education and Sociology,
University of Oklahoma

Table of Contents

Foreword by Dr. Courtney Vaughn
Introduction: Using Autoethnography to Examine Women’s Lives

The Truth has Many Faces-
Exploring Autoethnography as Feminist Research Method
Glenda Lewin Hufnagel, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
Autoethnography – Selves Within Cultural Contexts:
A Bibliography of Selected Interdisciplinary Readings
Compiled by: Glenda Lewin Hufnagel, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
Part I: Reproduction Through the Lens of Women’s Lived Experience
Chapter 1

Losing Lori: A Mother’s Memory of Frief, Rust Colored Chrysanthemums, and the Kindness of Strangers
Glenda Lewin Hufnagel, Ph.D. University of Oklahoma
Chapter 2
Toward Mizuko Kuyo: Reflections on an Unregrettable Choice
Glenda Lewin Hufnagel, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

“I’d be Feeding Your Baby!”: Breastfeeding, Embodied Motherhood, and the New (Old) Maternal Body Politic
Meredith Rapport Gringle, MPH, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Chapter 4
The Past is Prologue: An Autoethnographic Account of Recurring Themes in Social Norms around Acceptable Female Sexual Expression and Contraceptive Use
Anita S. Fream, M.A., University of Oklahoma
Chapter 5
Ordinary Stories: Abortion Among Friends
Patricia Rinehart, M.A., Roger Williams University
Chapter 6
Desert Life Forms: Memories of Mothering on the Land
Betty Jane Robbins, Ph.D. University of Oklahoma
Chapter 7
Mothering Adolescent Daughters: Battling in the Minefield of Sexualized Marketing Imagery
Laura Lewis, Ph.D., King’s University College at Western University
Chapter 8
Playground Politics: Navigating Identities and Relationships While Parenting
Lisa L. Moore, Ph.D., Boston University
Chapter 9
When a Cesarean Delivery Feels like Failure: Societal and Self-Judgment Around Birth
Rachael A. Robinson-Keilig, Ph.D. University of Oklahoma
Chapter 10
Learning to Mother When the Damage Runs Deep
Eunice Gorman, Ph.D., King’s University College at Western University
Chapter 11
Rhetoric’s Role in Forming Children’s Gender: A Grandparent’s Perspective
Marilyn Joan Wynn Palmer, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
Chapter 12
From Menarche to Menopause Through the Lens of an OB-GYN
Valerie A. Smart Short, MD, Vanderbilt University
Chapter 13
Coming Out While A Stay-at Home Mom: Mothers, Co-Mothers, and Step-Mothers
Suzanne Degges-White, Ph.D. Northern Illinois University
Chapter 14
Faith: A Journey to Healing Through Miscarriage
Julie Stentzsch, Ph.D., St. Mary’s University
Chapter 15
Parenting Children and Step-Children: From Step-Daughter to Step-mother to Step-Family
Dana L. Comstock-Benzick, Ph.D., St. Mary’s University
Chapter 16
In Search of Expectant Motherhood
Kashunda McGriff, M.S., Governors State University
Chapter 17
Parenting Diana
Linda Zweerink, M.Ed., Drury University
Chapter 18
Reflections on Not Choosing Motherhood,br> Madeleine Pluhar, MSW, Smith College
Chapter 19
Life Interrupted: A Journey Through Postpartum Depression
Janna Storey Martin, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
Chapter 20
An Early Menarche: My Latina Rite of Passage into Womanhood
Stephanie Ramierz, Ph.D., St. Mary’s University
Chapter 21
Hope for the Hormonal; A Menopausal Journey Through Insanity, Sanity and Religious Faith
Kimberly Bryabn, M.S. Southern Nazarene University
Part II: Coming Full Circle: Daughters Mothering Their Mothers
Chapter 22

“Are you my Mother?”
Patrician Rinehart, M.A., Roger Williams University
Chapter 23
As My Mother Awaits Death: A Daughter Recalls Caretaking and Loss
Glenda Lewin Hufnagel, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
Part III: Further Explorations
Chapter 24

Women and Reproduction Around the Globe: A Bibliography of Selected International Readings
Compiled by: Glenda Lewin Hufnagel, Ph.D. University of Oklahoma

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