Pre-Order Chelsea Conaboy's MOTHER BRAIN

Print: A Bookstore is proud to be working with local author, Chelsea Conaboy, in support of her debut book, Mother Brain: How Neuroscience Is Rewriting the Story of Parenthood. 

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Cover image for MOTHER BRAINA groundbreaking exploration of the parental brain that untangles insidious myths from complicated realities, Mother Brain explodes the concept of “maternal instinct” and tells a new story about what it means to become a parent.

Before journalist Chelsea Conaboy gave birth, she anticipated the joy of holding her newborn, the endless dirty diapers, and the sleepless nights. What she didn’t expect was how different she would feel—a shift in self, as deep as it was disorienting. Something was changing: her brain.

New parents undergo major brain changes, driven by hormones and the deluge of stimuli a baby provides. These neurobiological changes help all parents—birthing or otherwise—adapt in those intense first days and prepare for a long period of learning how to meet their child’s needs. Yet this science is mostly absent from the public conversation about parenthood.

Conaboy delves into the neuroscience to reveal unexpected upsides, generations of scientific neglect, and a powerful new narrative of parenthood.

Chelsea Conaboy is a journalist specializing in personal and public health. She was part of the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer prize–winning team for coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing and more recently has worked as a magazine writer with bylines at Mother Jones, Politico, The Week, the Boston Globe Magazine, and others. She lives in South Portland, Maine, with her husband, their two young sons, and her own changing maternal brain.

Advanced Praise for Mother Brain


“I learned so much from Mother Brain―about neuroscience, yes. But also about pernicious mythmaking, and the vast chasm between the reductive, sexist lines we’re sold about motherhood versus the science and stories of how families are actually made, how brains and hearts and bodies are transformed by pregnancy and parenthood. Chelsea Conaboy has written a generous, engaging, deeply researched book that will change the way you think about your own parents, your children, and yourself.”
― Rebecca Traister, author of Good and Mad

★ “Surprising and enlightening, this should be required reading for all caregivers.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

Mother Brain: How Neuroscience Is Rewriting the Story of Parenthood By Chelsea Conaboy Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250762283
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - September 13th, 2022