A study by the University of Liverpool and Bournemouth University (BU) has found that some disabled women are not receiving appropriate personalised care during pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting.
The study, commissioned by Birthrights, the human rights in childbirth charity, indicates that pregnant disabled women‘s voices are often not heard during their pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting but that communication has a significant impact on their care.
Researchers from Liverpool and BU surveyed and interviewed women with physical or sensory impairment or long term health conditions. The final report highlights the challenges that disabled women face in the current maternity system.
The research, conducted by Dr. Bethan Collins from Liverpool and Dr. Jenny Hall, Jillian Ireland and Professor Vanora Hundley from Bournemouth University, found that many participants felt that they were not listened to and that this had the potential to reduce women’s choices and make them feel like they had less control.
Women described needing to know the options for their care and to be enabled to make decisions about the best care for them, in the context of disability. A major…
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