Doutora em Psicologia pela University of Kent - Inglaterra Pós-doutora em Psicologia pela University of Kent - Inglaterra RESUMO Considerando a experiência da maternidade como um processo psicossocial, este estudo buscou analisar a experiência de mulheres separadas que viviam com seus filhos. Processos psicossociais. ABSTRACT Considering the experience of motherhood as a psychosocial process, this study sought to analyze the experience of separated women living with their children. It was based on interdisciplinary studies on family, as well as on the concept of the environmental provision developed by Winnicott. Six mothers with children between 1 and 13 years old participated in the study. It was found that the main impact of separation on the life of mothers is the overload of assignments.