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The baby and the bath water: disabled women and motherhood in social context.

Thomas, Carol (1997) The baby and the bath water: disabled women and motherhood in social context. Sociology of Health and Illness, 19 (5). pp. 622-643. ISSN 0141-9889

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to explore key dimensions of the reproductive experiences of disabled women who are, or who are thinking about becoming, mothers. The paper reports a qualitative study which involved semi-structured interviews with 17 disabled women who were contemplating childbearing, or were pregnant, and/or had young children. The interpretation of these women's experiences is situated with reference to current debates on the meaning and nature of disability, and draws attention to the ways in which these experiences can be understood as manifestations of disablism. More specifically, the paper considers three themes which emerged in the data analysis: the women's engagement with the medical 'risk' discourse; the pressure felt by disabled women to demonstrate that they are, or could be, 'good enough mothers'; and their experiences of receiving unhelpful 'help' from health and social care workers.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Sociology of Health and Illness
Uncontrolled Keywords: women • disability • reproduction • motherhood • maternity
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 33103
Deposited By: Mrs Yaling Zhang
Deposited On: 28 Apr 2010 14:57
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2014 16:37
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/33103

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