Study on how women with physical disabilities in Ontario experience the perinatal period and early motherhood

Monday, October 2 2017

My name is Lesley Tarasoff and I am a PhD Candidate at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. I am currently in the final stages of revising my doctoral dissertation based on my qualitative study exploring how women with physical disabilities in Ontario experience the perinatal period and early motherhood.

You may or may not be aware but recent research from the United States has found that women with physical disabilities are becoming pregnant at similar rates to non-disabled women. However, research also indicates that women with physical disabilities continue to encounter barriers to perinatal care, including inaccessible care settings and providers who lack knowledge about disability. The perinatal and motherhood experiences of women with physical disabilities are receiving increased attention (e.g., see a recent article in Today’s Parenthttps://www.todaysparent.com/family/special-needs/yes-people-like-me-can-have-babies/) and important strides are being made to better address the perinatal health needs of this marginalized patient population (e.g., this past spring Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto opened an Accessible Care Pregnancy Clinic specifically for women with physical disabilities: http://sunnybrook.ca/content/?page=accessible-care-pregnancy-clinic); however, much more work needs to be done to address the needs of this marginalized patient population.

I am writing you because you or the organization that you work with provides training to perinatal care providers or provides services for pregnant and/or parenting women and/or people with disabilities—if you are someone who helped with recruitment for my study, thank you! Attached to this email, you will find a 17-page report that includes key findings from my dissertation study and recommendations to better support pregnant and parenting women with physical disabilities. It is my hope that you will share this report with your colleagues and patients/clients so that together we can improve the perinatal care experiences and outcomes of women with physical disabilities!

For more information about this study or to access an online version of the attached report, please visit https://latarasoff.com/doctoral-research/

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