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Research Article  |   November 1992
A Mother’s Work: Two Levels of Feminist Analysis of Family-Centered Care
Author Affiliations
  • Doris Pierce, MA, OTR, is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and a doctoral candidate in occupational science, University of Southern California, 2523 D Street, LaVerne, California 91750
  • Gelya Frank, PhD, is Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Article Information
Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Research
Research Article   |   November 1992
A Mother’s Work: Two Levels of Feminist Analysis of Family-Centered Care
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 1992, Vol. 46, 972-980. doi:10.5014/ajot.46.11.972
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 1992, Vol. 46, 972-980. doi:10.5014/ajot.46.11.972
Abstract

The following case describes 5 years of a mother’s care for her child with multiple chronic conditions, in the neonatal intensive care unit and at home. Because caregiving is primarily a female activity, a feminist approach is used. This mother’s efforts on behalf of her son show how work within the domains of direct medical care, normal mothering care, coordination of equipment and supplies and professionals, and synthesis of meaning emanated from her definition of motherhood. The case suggests interventions in family-centered care, offers an examination of two levels of feminist analysis for their usefulness to occupational therapy, and provides an opportunity to examine the topic of motherhood within feminism.