The Disabled Woman's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth

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    Because new research changes the landscape all of the time, disabled women who want to get pregnant should look for the more current medical information available. For example, not very long ago women with multiple sclerosis (MS) were told that pregnancy might cause their symptoms to flare up, but more recent studies show that getting pregnant, carrying a child, and having anesthesia during delivery will not affect a woman’s disease. Contact organizations with information about your specific disability,...Read More
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    An occupational therapist can be a valuable resource in planning for future baby care. She can help you: Identify the commercially available equipment that works Locate adaptive baby care equipment and clothing Learn baby care techniques as well as help with other baby care activities An occupational therapist can also be helpful in planning how to childproof your home. In a childproofed home, medicines, sharp objects, electrical outlets, and other sources of danger are blocked or moved out of...Read More
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    When a woman with a disability considers what life might be like for a disabled child, she brings special empathy and insight to the question. Like any other parent, she may have trouble making sure she does not project her own feelings onto the child and assume that the child feels (or would feel) what she feels. A genetic counselor may be able to give you statistical information on the likelihood that your disability can be inherited when prenatal testing is not possible. The genetic counselor...Read More

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Judith Rogers

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.

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