Abstract / Synopsis
In this essay I address some challenges I had to overcome as a non-tenured mathematician mother married to another mathematician. While some of these challenges, such as lack of sleep, were predictable, many were not. For example, I was not aware that just getting pregnant would be a difficulty. Also, I did not know how paralyzing postpartum depression could be. Looking back on these experiences after a few years, I have a new perspective. I share my experiences, feelings about them, and some of the ways I figured out to overcome the hardships I experienced.
Azadeh Rafizadeh, "From Ecstasy to Agony and Back: Mathematics, Motherhood, and Postpartum Depression," Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Volume 8 Issue 2 (July 2018), pages 179-187. DOI: 10.5642/jhummath.201802.20. Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol8/iss2/20