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Your Pregnancy Your Choice

disAbility Maternity Care and Northcott Innovation are excited to launch the final resources from our ‘Supported Decision Making for Women with Intellectual Disability During Pregnancy’ project. We have called the resource set ‘Your Pregnancy, Your Choices!’

Who helped us create the resources?
The resources were co-designed with a small group of women with intellectual disability (ID) who were pregnant or who had had a baby.

Where did we hold workshops?
We held three phases of workshops – each phase included workshops in both Port Macquarie and Parramatta.

What happened in each of the phases of the workshops?
The first phase of our workshops gave us perspectives from participants on what they thought went well during and after their pregnancy, what decisions they were given choices to make and what decisions they weren’t give choices to make.


The second phase of our workshops used participants feedback to explore content detail to build the resources. The themes our participants identified as most wanted/needed in our first phase workshops/interviews were:

  • Resource to support understanding of mothers’ medication reduction in pregnancy (for safety of the baby)
  • A two-way communication resource which outlined participant choices for a birth plan and post birth and how health practitioners (nurses, midwives, doctors etc) can best communicate with a person with ID
  • Tests in pregnancy – why they are recommended, what are the options and participant choices
  • Care options – exploring different antenatal care options – what they are and their differences
  • Birth pain relief options – their risks and advantages and your choices
  • Contraception options after birth

While themes for six different resources were explored in our second phase workshops, we landed on the production of five resources and two were quite different from what we originally expected… because that is what happens in co-design!


Our third phase workshops gathered feedback and approval from our participants before we finalised the resources for distribution.


Your Pregnancy, Your Choices
Our resources are ready! Please download them as you wish. Let others know about them so that we can improve maternity care and choice making for parents with intellectual disability:


Two way Communication Card A5


Different ways to be cared for when you are pregnant

Taking medications in your pregnancy

Things that help with pain when you are having a baby

Your Pregnancy, Your Choices – A guide for Support People

We want your feedback!
Please send us your feedback… we want to know if the resources are working well … or not!

Contact us at:

P: 0431 539 333

This project is funded by a grant from Council for Intellectual Disability and is part of a project about supported decision making called My Rights Matter.

Find more information about the CID, their Supported Decision Making hub and the My Rights Matter project here.


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