The Disabled Woman's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth

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The Disabled Woman's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth


Judith Rogers

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The Disabled Woman's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth was a finalist for a 2005 Foreward Magazine Best Book of the Year Award and a 2006 Ben Franklin Award!

This comprehensive and useful guide is based on the experiences of ninety women with disabilities who chose to have children. In order to bring an intimate focus and understanding to the issues involved in being pregnant and disabled, author Judith Rodgers conducted in-depth interviews with women with 22 different types of disabilities and with a total of 143 pregnancies.

Thoroughly researched and informative, this book is a practical guide both for disabled women planning for pregnancy and the health professionals who work with them.

The Disabled Woman's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth supports the right of all women to choose motherhood, and will be useful for any disabled woman who desires to have a child. The subjects covered include: an introduction to the ninety women and their specific disabilities the decision to have a baby parenting with a disability emotional concerns of the mother, family and friends nutrition and exercise in pregnancy a look at each trimester labor and delivery caesarean delivery the postpartum period and breast-feeding. A list of references and a glossary will assist the reader in obtaining additional information and understanding medical terminology.

Empathetic, balanced, comprehensive, and practical, this guide provides all the facts needed by disabled women and their families. It stresses the importance of informed communication among the pregnant woman, her family members, and health care professionals. It is the only book that answers critical questions and provides guidance for the woman with a disability facing one of the biggest challenges of her life.

Product Details

  • Publication Date June 01, 2005
  • Page Count 528
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781932603088

About The Author(s)

Judith Rogers OTR

Judith Rogers, who is disabled and has two children, is the pregnancy and parenting specialist at Through the Looking Glass, a National Resource Center located in Berkeley, California. Since its inception in 1982, Through the Looking Glass has been the main resource nationally and internationally for disabled parents. Judith Rogers was honored to be a Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader in 2002.

Table of Contents

Meet the Experts: The Experiences of Ninety Women
The Decision to Have a Baby
The Interaction Between Pregnancy and Disability
Parenting With a Disability
Getting Your Health Care Needs Met
Eating For Two: Nutrition in Pregnancy
Getting in Shape: Exercises for Pregnancy
Nine Months of Change: The First Trimester
Nine Months of Change: The Second Trimester
Nine Months of Change: The Third Trimester
The Main Event: Labor and Delivery
Another Way of Birth: Caesarean Delivery
After Delivery: The Postpartum Period
Appendix A: Pregnancy Tables for the Ninety Women
Appendix B: Pregnancy Discomforts Tables
Appendix C: Diet Plan and Suggested Food Lists
Appendix D: Resources