Pregnancy Care for People with Disabilities

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What is this study about?

Researchers at the University of Toronto are doing a study to
learn about the experiences and needs of people* who
identify (or may be identified) as disabled or Deaf when they
are pregnant and having a baby.

Am I eligible?

You may be able to be part of this study if:
 You live in Ontario
 You are 18 years old or older
 You had a baby in the last 5 years
 You identify (or may be identified) as disabled or Deaf

*Trans-inclusive – anyone who has experienced pregnancy
and birth can participate.

 

We understand that not everyone
identifies as having a disability or feels the label disability
applies to them; people who identify as or may be identified as
having a physical or mobility-limiting disability, a sensory
disability (e.g., Deaf, hard of hearing, blind, partially sighted),
and/or an intellectual/developmental disability (e.g., autism,
FASD) can participate.

What do I have to do?

You will be asked to take part in an interview about what
services you used around the time you were pregnant and if
those services were helpful. The interview will take about 1
hour and can be done at a time and place that is good for you.
You can do the study, or not do the study. No one will be told
about what you choose. The choice you make will not impact
any of the services you use now or later.
What are the benefits of participating?

You can help us learn how to improve supports for people
with disabilities during pregnancy and birth.

 

You will get a $50
gift card to thank you for your time. If you need any supports
to participate, like ASL interpretation, these can be arranged.

I am interested! Who do I contact?

Please contact the Study Coordinator, Lesley, by telephone
647-601-4519 or email wiresearch@utsc.utoronto.ca
This study has been approved by the Health Sciences
Research Ethics Board at the University of Toronto.

 

This
research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, and is
led by researchers at the University of Toronto, in
collaboration with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health,
Women’s College Hospital, Ohio State University, St.
Michael’s Hospital, Virginia Commonwealth University, ICES,
and an advisory committee that includes women with
disabilities and organizations that serve people with
disabilities.

*This study is trans-inclusive; anyone who has experienced pregnancy and birth can participate
**We understand that not everyone identifies as having a disability or feel that the label of disability applies to them, such a people who are Deaf or autistic. People do not need an official diagnosis to participate.

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