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.

For Parents with Disabilities
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

For parent workshops and family events, call the Independent Living Center or other groups in your area. Call Disability Services or visit

For Parents with Disabilities
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

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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 or disability.
    • 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 visit