Regretting Motherhood: A Study Book Review

From a young age, women are taught that above all else, we should have children. While being a parent is a joy, it is also a 24/7/365 job that does not let up until the younger generation has left the nest.

Regretting Motherhood: A Study, by Israeli sociologist Orna Donath, was published in 2017.

In the book, Dornath interviews a group of mothers of various ages with children who are also of various ages. While they come from different backgrounds, their commonality comes from being referred to as “Mom”. She explores the complicated feelings that these women have toward their status and their offspring, in addition to the question of if they would do it again if they had a choice.

I found the book to be illuminating. It reveals how complex this issue is and how often our feelings are ignored just for the privilege of larger societal acceptance and conformity. I think it behooves us to listen to the women in our lives, as without them, humanity will cease to exist.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

Regretting Motherhood: A Study is available wherever books are sold.

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