The experiences of pregnancy and childbirth are considered important events in a woman's life. Particularly, memories related to pregnancy and childbirth can be painful to some mothers of children with disabilities. I previously interviewed 47 mothers of children with disabilities, and found that most of them had had unpleasant experiences at obstetrics and gynecology hospitals and complained about the lack of adequate information on disabilities. This study aims to investigate the obstetric-service-related needs of mothers of children with disabilities in Japan. In cooperation with several parents' associations of children with disabilities throughout Japan, self-administrated questionnaires started being distributed to mothers of children with disabilities in January 2016 and will continue to be distributed until March 2016. Midway through this survey, I will present a report mainly focusing on the needs related to obstetric services as specified in free descriptions from these mothers.
Miyako Kimura, St. Marianna University School of Medicine, Japan
Stream: Qualitative/Quantitative Research in any other area of Psychology
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