For Parents with Disabilities
Like all new
parents, you will want to spend as much time as you can
with your baby. Careful planning, good baby-care equipment
and a strong support system can help you do just that.
If others help you with parenting, they should follow
your directions. You should be the one to comfort, feed
and set limits for your child.
With specialized babycare equipment, Denise is able
to carry both children.
Your Support System
Your first support
will be relatives, friends and other new parents. You
can learn helpful tips and useful resources from other
parents with disabilities. Call National Resource Center
for Parents with Disabilities or visit www.lookingglass.org
For parent workshops and family events, call the Independent
Living Center or other groups in your area. Call Disability
Services or visit www.cfilc.org.
Parents with disabilities
say that young children don’t notice differences.
Older children often say that having a parent with a disability
helps them value and respect differences.
Things You Can Do
Where to Find Help
Velma says, “I
have diabetes and I see several health care specialists.
When I got pregnant, I made sure they worked together
to help me stay healthy and have a healthy baby.”
Pregnancy and Childbirth
- Plan ahead for changes
in your mobility or energy level while you are pregnant.
- If you’re having a C-section or will need
a general anesthetic during labor, ask to meet with
your anesthesiologist ahead of time.
- You have the right to a longer stay in the hospital
after child- birth if you need it because of your illness
- If you see a specialist regularly, make sure
she works with your obstetrician to manage your care.
- You may need to change medi-cations while you
are pregnant. Talk to your doctor.
- For information on your rights to health insurance
and health care, call Disability Rights Advocates or