Taking Care, based on twenty-six interviews and other autobiographical narratives, challenges the negative stereotypes about mothers with disabilities. These women's stories tell of their successes despite the barriers they encounter from the society in which they live. Covering issues in the mothering cycle from pregnancy and birth to raising a child through adulthood, the mothers' experiences and strategies provide valuable information for other women with disabilities as well as for doctors and health and social service professionals. This book will provide a significant model for all parents.
Mary Grimley Mason is a professor emerita of English at Emmanuel College and resident scholar at Brandeis University's Women's Studies Research Center. She is the author of Life Prints: A Memoir of Healing and Discovery and Working Against Odds: Stories of Disabled Women's Work Lives. She lives in the Boston area. Linda Long-Bellil is an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where she conducts research and policy analysis on topics related to disability, health, and employment. She also teaches medical students and health professionals how to work effectively with people with disabilities. Her experience as a mother with a disability led to her collaboration on this book.
TABLE OF CONTENTS Acknowledgements Introduction: Disability and the Role of Mothering Chapter 1 Having a Child: From the Decision Through the Postpartum Experience Chapter 2 Care Giving and Mothers with Disabilities: The Early Years Chapter 3 Meeting the Outside World Chapter 4 Family Relationships and Community Chapter 5 What Mothers With Disabilities Know Chapter 6 Public Policy and Mothers with Disabilities by Linda Long-Bellil Works Cited Selected Bibliography