Thursday, January 20, 2011

Maternity Rolls: Pregnancy, Childbirth and Disability

After blogging about pregnancy, parenting and disability last week I thought it was rather serendipitous to discover a book review of Heather Kuttai's "Maternity Rolls: Pregnancy, Childbirth and Disability" written by Judi Lipp from Northcott Disability Services in Volume 26, No 4, of the Journal of Independent Living Centres Australia.

The editorial description of the book on Amazon says "combining ethnology and memoir, this fascinating book describes the issues surrounding childbirth and motherhood for disabled women. The author, a paraplegic, tells about her own hunt for medical advice before getting pregnant—and then about the normal births of her two children—before widening the conversation to other disabled women and sympathetic members of the medical community."

Judi Lipp's review provides a little more detail. She says "this book is beautifully written and structured. Thoughtful quotes add meaning to the pages, diary entries emphasize the personal tone and extensive notes and references add weight to the well researched content. This book challenges the beliefs that people in wheelchairs need care, and cannot be caregivers."

I'll definitely be requesting this book at my local library. I'd be interested to hear if anybody else has heard about it, or even better read it? Any other book recommendations on this theme?

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