Quotation by Dana Raphael

A woman can get marries and her life does change. And a man can get married and his life changes. But nothing changes life as dramatically as having a child. . . . In this country, it is a particular experience, a rite of passage, if you will, that is unsupported for the most part, and rather ignored. Somebody will send you a couple of presents for the baby, but people do not acknowledge the massive experience to the parents involved.
Dana Raphael (20th century), U.S. anthropologist. As quoted in Mothering the New Mother, by Sally Placksin, ch. 1 (1994).
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