Although self-help has been an integral strategy of the women's movement, the burgeoning self-help publishing industry and growing popularity of talk shows encouraging personal confession have provoked vicious attacks on self-help from many feminists. Rock-a-By Baby examines the postpartum depression support group movement and exploring the relationship between gender, the ideas and strategies of women's self-help groups and feminism. Taylor uses interviews and personal letters, talk show transcripts, organizational newsletters and a survey of postpartum group leaders to illuminate conflicts played out in the arena of women's self-help.
IntroductionPostpartum Illness and the Contradictions of Motherhood. Seize the day: The Emergence of a Self-Help Movement. Getting and Giving Support: Women's Self-Help Communities. The Metamorphosis of Feminism in Women's Self-Help: Collective Identity in the Postpartum Support Group Movement. The Revolution from Within: Gendering Social Movement Theory. appendix: Postpartum Support Groups.