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Cybermothering

  • By: Caroline Gatrell
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Cybermothering refers to the Internet-hosted exchange of stories and information about mothering and motherhood. Mothers who participate in cybermothering communities tend to be those with babies and infant children. They are termed cybermothers: mothers who use parenting Websites as a source of support and information about the health, rearing, and mothering of infant children. As well as seeking information, cybermothers around the world share stories and experiences with other mothers within online Website communities. An increasing number of women also post their stories and experiences on online blog sites called mommy blogs.

The increasing use of the Internet by cybermothers as a source of information, and a space in which mothers can exchange opinions, reflects the general increase in Internet use as a source of health ...

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