Doris Pierce, Gelya Frank; A Mother’s Work: Two Levels of Feminist Analysis of Family-Centered Care. Am J Occup Ther 1992;46(11):972-980. doi: 10.5014/ajot.46.11.972.
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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.
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