“Renewed” “older” motherhood/mothering: a qualitative exploration
Journal of Women & Aging
Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
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This UK-based qualitative study explored multiparous women’s experiences of being “older” mothers. Respondents were “renewed mothers” who had a child/children relatively early in their reproductive careers and then again after 35 years of age. Key themes arising from the empirical data were: instrumental role of male partners in post-35 mothering, purported “renewal” of self in the face of menopause/diminution of mothering, caring for teenagers and babies/toddlers simultaneously, and subjection to criticisms of “wrong-aged” motherhood. Experiences of “renewed” “older” mothers suggest significant hard work is necessitated both in terms of mothering and presentation of self as an appropriate mother.
This is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from the publisher via the DOI in this record.
Vol. 27, pp. 103 - 122