The "Other" Mother: Mothering with a Physical Disability in a Disabling Society

Rachel Schooley

Abstract


Many women who live with physical disability are subject to the discriminating attitudes of a disabling society on a daily basis. When women who live with physical disability become mothers, they often face discrimination by health care professionals who are misinformed about disability and pregnancy; yet unwilling to learn from the women they are assisting. Although feminism addresses that able-bodied women also experience condescending attitudes and a lack of control from health care professionals, there still exists an oversight of disabled mothers in feminist literature. By using feminist research methods, women who live with physical impairments can be better incorporated into feminist literature, and can better convey their experiences to health care professionals and policy makers. By valuing and using these experiences, health care professionals and policy makers can work together with women living with physical impairments in order to create a more socially and physically accessible society

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