Date of Award

Spring 5-16-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Laura L. Wood PhD, RDT/BCT


A mother is thought of only in relation to another person. When a woman becomes a mother, her identify changes. As early as pregnancy, a woman’s brain makes a massive shift in order to care for her child. She loses parts of herself, not only how she will identify, but biologically, she begins to lose some of the gray matter in her brain; all of this begins to be stripped away as the woman becomes the mother (Caruso, 2016). A mother has certain qualities which make her a mother; but aside from having a child, there are not very many rules. While some women thrive during motherhood, others have a more difficult time with the adjustments (Maushart, 1999). Little research has been done about how drama therapy can be practiced with postpartum women and their babies. Therefore, this thesis presents a community engagement project that was provided for two groups of women who were participating in a postpartum program at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. This thesis will examine a number of viewpoints on motherhood and then present the community engagement project with explored the role a woman plays in her life before becoming a mother and how that role influences her for the future in her role as mother.

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