Challenges of Motherhood with Physical Disabilities
by Maria A. Revell, PhD MSN RN COI, Kris Camelio, MS CSCS SPT, Sherin F. Tahmasbi, DNP MSN FNP-C, and Marcia A. Pugh, DNP MSN MBA HCM RN
Abstract: Care providers must be proactive in identifying and promoting support for all mothers, especially those with physical disabilities. Parents with disabilities use a variety of opportunities to promote child welfare through alternate forms of care. Mothers with disabilities must overcome stereotypes, discrimination, and the fear of having their children removed from their care, which may be intensified for women of color as African Americans have a higher disability rate than other racial groups. Care providers must be knowledgeable regarding resources for mothers with disabilities. Promoting the use of collaborative interventions through involvement of appropriate agencies can widen the base of support for mothers with disabilities.
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