Parenting is one of the most common concerns of anyone who has experienced a spinal cord injury. For women, worries about pregnancy and childbirth add to the list of concerns. Fortunately, there are plenty of women who are living proof that, with creativity and the right support system, being in a wheelchair doesn’t stop you from being an active, involved parent. These wheelchair moms share their stories, offer tips and get real about what it’s like to raise kids while disabled.
See how this mom keeps up with two kids
Brittany is a mom of two small children and a T-6 paraplegic. In this video, she shares how she dealt with medication during her pregnancy, choosing the right delivery method and how she knew went into labor.
She also shows how she handles everyday tasks like changing diapers and lifting her baby off of the floor with limited abdominal strength. It’s information that she wishes she’d had when she was considering becoming a parent. For that reason, it’s a good watch for expectant and new moms who need to see how one mom in a wheelchair does it.
Plus, her kids are adorable. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWZI_wFwZnE
Three moms get real about parenting with disabilities
mobileWOMEN interviewed three wheelchair-bound moms to get their thoughts on parenting. With children ranging in age from 5 to 20, these women talk candidly about becoming mothers, the highs and lows of raising children and advice for anyone with a disability who’s considering becoming a parent.
They also talk about how they deal with family members and strangers who think that their disability prevents them from being good parents. On the contrary, their disabilities only created a few limitations for them, which they were able to overcome with the help of their support system, creativity and children who followed the rules.
Raising a son while in recovery
Stephanie was four months pregnant when she was injured in a car accident. Though she lost the ability to walk, her baby survived, and that kept her going. During her time at Craig Hospital in Colorado, she learned how to care for herself and her baby. Check out her story and see the portraits and video that go with it.
Are you a wheelchair mom? Would you like to share your story or give some tips on parenting for other wheelchair moms? We’d love to hear from you! Tell us your story in the comments section.
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