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The Disabled Woman's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth

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The Disabled Woman's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth

SKU# 9781932603088

Author: Judith Rogers OTR


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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
  • EISBN 9781934559437

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

Editorial Review(s) 

"Whether planning a first pregnancy, pregnant, or hoping to improve on the experience of a previous pregnancy, this book will empower disabled women, their partners and the professionals who support them. It should become standard reading for professionals, [we] certainly recommend it." -- Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthood international

"An impressive guidebook for disabled moms... Judith Rogers interviewed 90 mothers with disorders ranging from arthritis to spina bifida. The results of these interviews, accompanied by extensive research, provide the foundation for this comprehensive, empowering, clearly written manual."--Mothering

"An introduction to the 90 interviewees gives this work a personal touch and depth that readers will not find in other pregnancy guides. Only someone of Rogers's stature--a respected researcher at Through the Looking Glass, a national resource center for disabled parents--could have written this book. Essential for public, consumer health, women's health, and health sciences collections."--Library Journal Review

"Rogers's wonderful new book addresses every question you may have...Though chock-full of practical advice, the real strength of this book is its emotional honesty... Rogers deserves special kudos for her recognition that women are under a lot of pressure to have children, and the challenges faced by disabled women are that much greater - but challenges that will be alleviated with this comprehensive guidebook." - Kirkus Reports

"A wonderful, positive book for women with disabilities who are planning a pregnancy or are pregnant. It provides them with practical information and gives them a framework of issues to address with their healthcare team... This book clearly fills a niche as there is little information on this topic."--Doody's Reviews

"This is a thorough and comprehensive text on this vital aspect of maternal health...It offers valid information on all of the body systems as well as pertinent issues that would concern a woman, such as...exercise, breast feeding, bladder and bowel management." -- National Spinal Cord Injury Association

"...Not your ordinary clinical text or patient guide. Rogers weaves in the stories of 90 women with disabilities. She counteracts the prevalent societal chatter that scolds women with disabilities, insisting that motherhood must not be considered a life option... Disabled women talk about being treated in the medical system as 'a disability,' not as a woman. This book does much to change that tone, elegantly showing us how a textbook description of a medical condition does not give us a sense of the person she is, living with a condition that is unique to her."--Advance for Nurse Practitioners