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How Mothers Love: And how relationships are born

Naomi Stadlen

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Prose: non-fiction, Advice on parenting

HOW MOTHERS LOVE focuses on the importance of intimacy between a mother and her baby - and how this can impact on a child's ability to develop intimate relationships later in life.

Mothers describe falling in love with their babies and then, more slowly, learning to understand them. Children flourish when their mothers love and understand them.

For over 20 years, Naomi Stadlen has listened to hundreds of mothers talking at her weekly discussion groups. In 'How Mothers Love' she offers unique insights into how mothers and babies learn to communicate intimately with one another.

When adults relate to one another, they are building on the foundations usually laid down by their mothers. 'How Mothers Love' is a study of how mothers start to build those foundations and covers areas such as: how to create emotional 'space' for your unborn child; how to maintain a close relationship with two or more children; the transformation into motherhood and your role as a mother in wider society.

By sharing the experiences of other mothers, Naomi Stadlen offers reassurance and support to all new parents as they navigate the highs and lows of the early years with their babies.

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Praise for How Mothers Love: And how relationships are born

  • Every aspect of the mother-child relationship is explored in a thought-provoking, unjudgemental and ultimately reassuring way... - Junior

  • It would be hard to find a gentler, less judgemental book on mothering... - The Guardian

  • Easy to read and informative and will undoubtedly help many mothers... - Therapy Today

  • Insightful, reassuring and moving... - Pregnancy and Birth

  • This book...should be required reading...for any new mothers, to give perspective and postiive encouragement... -

  • Both What Mothers Do and Stadler's latest book, How Mothers Love ought to be required reading for everyone, not just parents... -

  • This book...takes the time to do justice to mothers. It does not preach to or advise them, but reflects their reality, the extraordinary ordinariness of their experience, in a way that is truly supportive of them and makes for empowering reading for mothers who may feel unappreciated by others or even unappreciative of themselves... - Breastfeeding Matters

  • Naomi Stadlen's books are insightful, helpful and delightfully referenced. It is an inspiring reminder that much is to be learnt when you listen. - La Leche League, Canada

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Naomi Stadlen

For nearly 30 years, Naomi Stadlen has been listening to hundreds of mothers at her weekly discussion meetings, Mothers Talking, and at monthly meetings for La Leche League. She an existential psychotherapist and the author of the bestselling What Mothers Do and How Mothers Love. Visit

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