Occupational therapists (OTs) are allied health professionals who promote a person’s health and
wellbeing. They do this by enabling them to achieve as much independence as possible in living their daily life. For mothers with a disability, this means helping them learn and become mothers, alongside other professionals such as midwives.
OTs can help women identify the challenges they might encounter in becoming a mother and develop tools to overcome these challenges. This might include navigating the maternity system better, understanding written materials to finding aids and devices to care for a baby, and undertake the mothering role.
Janelle Gullan, an OT from The Wild Orange Tree discusses how occupational therapists can help mothers with a disability.
Janelle is an occupational therapist who supports women to connect to their body and navigate mothering transitions with self-love, confidence and vitality. With a focus on pelvic health, mental health and menstrual cycles, she explores rite of passage and the ways that mothering impacts roles, relationships, participation and joy. With a long history working in the disability sector, she is passionate about supporting people of all abilities to be the mother they need and want to be. Janelle’s private practice is based in Melbourne, Australia, with Telehealth services also available.