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.
“There were many people that doubted I could be a mum without someone else to do the physical things for me.”
Deaire, our brand ambassador speaks about getting baby-ready when you have a physical disability. She urges mothers with a disability to listen to their bodies, and consider how you might do things as you prepare for managing a newborn at home.
“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.
It takes a village’ is often said about parenting. The same could be said about organisations as they provide support to parents. We are pleased to announce a partnership between disAbility Maternity Care and Karinya House.
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Australian College of Midwives
Centre of Perinatal Excellence
Family Planning Association NSW (Factsheets for people with disability)
National Disability Insurance Scheme
National Disability Services
NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation
NSW Family & Community Services
People with Disability Australia
Women with Disabilities Australia