Publisher: Feminist Press
Released: February 13, 2018
Illustrating the myriad ways that mothers provide for their children—piloting airplanes, washing floors, or dancing at a strip club—this picture book is the first to depict a sex-worker parent. Introducing the idea of bodily labor, it provides an expanded notion of working mothers and challenges the idea that only some jobs result in good parenting. Instead, we're reminded that, while every mama's work looks different, every mama works to make their baby's world better.
"Fitzgerald writes simply, but in combination with Peterson’s images, her words carry force...It’s a political statement, but one that flows from passion and love." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Shatters monolithic depictions of motherhood. . . . By depicting love and security beyond a White, professionalized class, the book allows children of different backgrounds to see their family lives reflected authentically." —Colorlines
"A staple for any parent who wants to redefine gender roles, and raise their child in a more inclusive, sex-positive world where all work is valued." —Bust
“Beautifully written and illustrated, How Mamas Love Their Babies provides a useful tool for parents who do stigmatized work to talk with their children about it in affirming and healthy ways.” —Crystal DeBoise, LCSW