This collection defines the field of maternal studies in Australia for the first time. Leading motherhood researchers explore
how mothering has evolved across Australian history as well as the joys and challenges of being a mother today. The contributors
cover pregnancy, birth, relationships, childcare, domestic violence, time use, work, welfare, policy and psychology, from
a diverse range of maternal perspectives. Utilising a matricentric feminist framework, Australian Mothering foregrounds the
experiences, emotions and perspectives of mothers to better understand how Australian motherhood has developed historically
and contemporaneously. Drawing upon their combined sociological and historical expertise, Bueskens and Pascoe Leahy have carefully
curated a collection that presents compelling research on past and present perspectives on maternity in Australia, which will
be relevant to researchers, advocates and policy makers interested in the changing role of mothers in Australian society.