Is mothering an innate capability or the result of maternal brain chemicals acting together? That’s the subject of a recent article published in The Atlantic.
Author Adriene LaFrance writes about the results of a study by Dr. Pilyoung Kim of the Family and Child Neuroscience Lab, University of Denver. The study focused on the changes in the brain that occur when a woman gives birth, especially for the first time. It concluded that mothering actions are a result of chemicals released in the brain, and a woman is therefore at their mercy. Many scientists think mapping the maternal brain is a key to understanding serious anxiety and depression.Continue Reading