Providing accessible healthcare for Autistic Women

Henry, Karen (2023) Providing accessible healthcare for Autistic Women. The Practising Midwife, 26 (2). pp. 37-41. ISSN 1461-3123

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Narratives by autistic women regard their maternity care experiences with feelings such as being isolated, neglected, stigmatised, and judged. They feel hospital environments overload their senses which causes barriers to accessing maternity care. I have spent some time researching and creating a series of support plans to invite conversations between autistic women and maternity staff to create accessible, meaningful healthcare encounters. The aim of this article is to provide some ideas for care adjustments so that future narratives overflow with positive encounters.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Maternity, Pregnancy, Birth, Postnatal care, Autism, Accessible environments, Support, Reasonable adjustments, NHS, Pain differences, communication, access, Functioning labels, Autistic women, autistic mothers, autistic parents, Disabling Language
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Health & Science > Department of Health Studies
Depositing User: Karen Henry
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2023 10:14
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2023 10:14

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