For all woman, becoming a mother is a journey. It requires learning new information and skills. If you are a woman with a disability, or a partner, family member or carer for her, your journey may have added challenges.
This section contains information and articles on pregnancy, birth and early motherhood for women with disabilities and their families or carers. Each article is presented in blog format with links to further information and resources for that topic.
Whilst this information is a guide for you and your family, it does not replace medical or health advice from your particular doctor or health practitioner.
‘You can’t be, what you can’t see’ – the words of 2022 Australian of the year Dylan Alcott are so important, as we approach Fathers day this month in Australia.
We increasingly hear stories and see images of mothers with a disability in our media, but fathers with disabilities are often invisible. Why is this important? Read on to find out more.
“Don’t let anything hold you back. Find a way that works for you.” Brand ambassador Deaire talks about the importance of getting out and about as a new mum with a physical disability, and provides 5 tips on how you can do this.
The first few months after your baby is born are a crucial time for self-care. I’m going to bust one very important myth. Once the baby is born, it’s not just a quick and easy transition back. Don’t forget your body has just been through a pretty traumatic experience and now it has to readapt to a new normal.
Family and partner support is important in helping mothers with a disability succeed. This article discusses 5 ways family caregivers can support mothers to succeed, including developing empathy and non-judgmental communication.
Summer is synonymous with fun for young children – trips to the beach, playing with friends under the open sky, and playing in the swimming pool with friends and family are some typical summer activities. But in all that fun and excitement, it’s important to remember that water can pose a threat for kids at times, especially younger ones who do not quite understand the dangers. This article gives some tips and pointers for keeping kids safe during summertime.
Knowing what to eat and drink for a healthy pregnancy helps your baby’s growth and development, as well as keeps you well. Knowing what NOT to eat is just as important. Read on to find the details.
Eating healthily and being physically active are important for a healthy pregnancy. Together they can influence your fertility and risk of complications during pregnancy. If you are planning to have a baby, or are pregnant, this article can help you.
Getting ready for birth is like preparing for a marathon. It’s about being both physically and mentally prepared. That’s where physiotherapists can help. Especially those trained to specifically work with women during this time.
Having a disability means additional challenges for women as they become mothers. Janelle Gullan, an Occupational Therapist (OT) discusses how OTs can support these mothers in their role independently.
Australian College of Midwives
Family Planning NSW
People with Disability Australia
Raising Children Network Pregnancy
Women with Disabilities Australia
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