The Disabled Woman's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth
The Disabled Woman's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth written by Judith Rogers is based on guiding women with disabilities and challenging circumstances into pregnancy. The book is composed of experiences shared by over 90 women, who themselves have suffered from a challenge or disability. There is also an additional interview section. Judith Rogers interviewed over 20 women who are currently pregnant and disabled in order to truly bring an understanding and focus to the challenges they face. The guide documents a grand total of 143 pregnancies. This throughly researched and highly informative guide is a practical necessity for both the challenged/disabled expecting mother as it is for the doctors and professionals who have the privilege of working with them. The Farm Midwivery Center has a lot of experience so if you need answers, feel free to contact them. Also if you a local, find midwife in Orange county to assist you in your homebirth.
Through The Disabled Woman's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth, Judith Rogers is supporting the right that all women have to be able to choose motherhood. Any woman who is disabled and desires to bare a child will find the guide very useful. Within the guide you will find the following subjects included: parenting with a disability; emotional issues of the mother, friends and family; an introduction of 90 women and how they dealt with their disabilities while pregnant; how to make the decision to have the baby; how to make the decision to have the baby; proper exercise and nutrition while pregnant; an overlook of every trimester; cesarean delivery; what to do while in labor and delivery; how to deal with postpartum; and methods of breast-feeding. In the glossary you will find a list of references that will aid you in obtaining further information and a list of medical terminology definitions.
All pregnant women and especially disabled and challenged women need well-balanced, empathetic, practical, and comprehensive environments to nurse their pregnancy within. This guide teaches you how to create that harmony. It emphasizes the importance of thorough communication with the disabled pregnant woman, her family, and her healthcare providers. This is the only guide that gives you answers to very critical questions and provides disabled women with guidance on how to face one of the biggest challenges she will ever endure.
The Disabled Woman's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth was nominated for the 2005 Foreward Magazine Best Book of the year award. The guide was additionally awarded a 2006 Ben Franklin Award.