Magazine June 1, 2021, Issue

The Surprising Science of Motherhood

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Mom Genes: Inside the New Science of Our Ancient Maternal Instinct, by Abigail Tucker (Gallery Books, 336 pp., $28)

There is nothing quite like stepping out of a hospital after having given birth for the first time, holding a person who was living inside your body just two days ago. It feels as though you yourself have been reborn. The outer world seems huge and threatening. You’re blinking painfully in the bright sun. As a new mom, you can barely comprehend why the hospital staff would permit you to wander off with this miniature human, who might be carried away on a stiff breeze. Don’t you need a license for this? Is it normal to be whisked out the

This article appears as “Moms Under the Microscope” in the June 1, 2021, print edition of National Review.

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