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Women with a disability experience particular disadvantage especially in relation to reproductive health and parenting. Research has shown that many health professionals know little about providing childbearing care or information to this consumer group. It is further magnified by a lack of specific maternity resources for women with disability, especially in Australia.

Evidence-based research is limited in this area, particularly in relation to the provision of pregnancy or birthing care for women with a disability. This section of the website contains information and articles to assist health professionals supporting and providing care for women with disabilities during pregnancy, birth and the early postnatal period. Each article is presented in blog format with links to further resources and information specific to each topic.

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Becoming pregnant with cerebral palsy

“That first pregnancy test is nerve-wracking for everyone, so many thoughts pass through your head as you wait for a result”, For Deaire, who has cerebral palsy, becoming pregnant was not only a surprise, but added a whole new layer to managing life with a disability.

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Women with disability experiencing Domestic and Family Violence

Women with disability experiencing Domestic and Family Violence

In Australia, one in four women experience domestic or family violence at some time. For women with a disability, this increases with 50% of these women experiencing such trauma.

For women with intellectual disability, the rate increases higher, and often contributes to justification for removal of their babies from their care.

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Australian College of Midwives
www.midwives.org.au/vendor-directory

Centre of Perinatal Excellence
www.cope.org.au

Change
www.changepeople.org

Disability Advocacy
www.da.org.au

Family Planning Association NSW (Factsheets for people with disability)
www.fpnsw.org.au/factsheets/individuals/disability

National Disability Insurance Scheme
www.ndis.gov.au/index.html

National Disability Services
www.nds.org.au

NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation
www.aci.health.nsw.gov.au/resources/intellectual-disability/id-essentials/home

NSW Family & Community Services
www.facs.nsw.gov.au

People with Disability Australia
www.pwd.org.au

Women with Disabilities Australia
wwda.org.au/issues/motherhd