Over the next several months I will be researching and writing about the concept of maternity, and how maternity for mothers with disabilities is reconceptualized when a mother is not able to independently parent their children.
Maternity is far more than birthing a child. Maternity encompasses rearing, loving, nurturing and caring for a child, a child born or adopted by the mother. The concept of maternity also includes raising a child. However, what does maternity look like when a mother is unable to be the primary figure nurturing, caring for and raising a child due to the mother’s disability?
I am not referring to mothers who use attendant care and other assistance to care for her child, but rather the mother whose disability prevents her from being able to parent her child. How do families reconceptualize maternity in that context. How are mothers involved in their children’s lives? How do the children view the mother in that context?
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