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Their body! Their rules! Their choice!

11th of October is International Day of the Girl Child. In Australia, 5.7% of girls have a disability and this increases to 9.5% in the 15-24 age bracket. These girls will be the women and and mothers of tomorrow. Let’s make it safe for them, with a world that welcomes inclusion and diversity.

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Mind the disability gender gap - Dad play with son and daughter

Mind the (disability) gender gap

‘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.

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Breastfeeding with a disability

Whether you are a first time mum or a third, everyone has an opinion about how to feed your child. Deaire, brand ambassador for disAbility Maternity Care talks about the challenges of breastfeeding with a disability.

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Mother standing beside hospital bed in labour, using the gas. Midwife is standing beside her helping her.

Is midwifery care ‘ableist’?

Caring for women during birth can be challenging – especially if the mother has a disability. Here, Amanda reflects on being ableist as a midwife, caring for Jane with a hearing impairment. She offers A-Z tips on providing care that is not ableist.

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Self-care after a caesarean when you have a disability

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.

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Mamability: from disability diagnosis to launching a Life Coaching and Chair Yoga business

I didn’t know I had a disability when I had my two daughters 11 and 9 years ago. But I knew at the time that I struggled with many tasks that come with having a new baby. I couldn’t use nappy pins, I struggled to dress them. I couldn’t undo clasps, clips and straps on any baby equipment. I remember searching for a pram that had a clasp that I could undo. It wasn’t easy, let me tell you!

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Getting Baby-Ready as a Mum with a Physical Disability

“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.

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Summer and Water Safety: Tips for Parents of Young Children

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.

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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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Invisible birth trauma

Can you imagine having just given birth to a newborn baby: that special smell that only newborns can bring, the joy of discovering their gender

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Changing the Conversation

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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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