Healthy Maternal Ambivalence, by Joan Raphael-Leff

A remarkable essay on the idealisation of mothers
Joan Raphael-Leff writes about the absence of the mother’s needs in conventional psychoanalysis

A pregnant woman struggles with depression.From Studies in the Maternal 2 (2010) Joan Raphael-Leff’s writing provides a unique perspective on maternal subjectivity, a topic she feels has been long-neglected in psychoanalysis.

Raphael-Leff challenges the idealisation of the early mother-baby bond that excludes negative maternal feelings. She writes that negative maternal feelings are natural and healthy. She draws attention away from the baby and considers the needs and feelings of the mother.

The full text of her excellent paper is worth reading.