In the area of mental health, researchers, practitioners, and institutional actors agree that postpartum depression is a major public issue. Epidemiological and clinical studies have found strong links between this syndrome and the low level of self-esteem and / or social support available to mothers.
This thesis proposes to extend these results through a sociological survey in metropolitan France. By combining ethnographic inquiry and statistical analysis, I want to put these disorders back into their social context of arrival, just as in the trajectory of women who have become mothers.
My work examines in particular the link between their social position, their expectations of motherhood, the social conditions of their parental work reinstated in a wider economy of care work for newborns, and their problematization. from their experience as painful. Finally, I am interested in the consequences of the personal or collective recognition of their malaise, and in particular the possible care pathways, through the analysis of the practical and discursive registers put at their disposal as well as their effects.