Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Women with Disabilities Become Mothers: How Can We Support Their Needs?

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Women with Disabilities Become Mothers: How Can We Support Their Needs?

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Women with disabilities who become mothers and raise children face barriers that prevent them from getting appropriate health services, such as inaccessible medical equipment, transportation difficulties, economic barriers, and attitudinal barriers that discourage them from managing the challenges of motherhood. This situation might lead to physical and mental health problems, as indicated in the literature. In this sense, it is important that professionals, who provide health services also to mothers with disabilities, would hear their voices regarding what they need to fulfill their mothering role. In response, we interviewed 15 American mothers with physical and vision disabilities (29-61 years old), and explored their experiences from a social model perspective i.e., focusing on their strengths and coping strategies. The main aim of our study was to produce a list of supports (assistance and resources) that mothers with disabilities want and need. Qualitative content analysis of the interviews revealed both physical and emotional challenges that these mothers have faced (e. …

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