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Supporting Autistic People Through Pregnancy and Childbirth

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This comprehensive and accessible guide is for every birthing and health professional looking to improve their care during pregnancy, birth, and aftercare for autistic women. With a distinct lack of scientifically approached work in this area, this much-needed book takes an intersectional, feminist approach and covers the background of modern birth practices and autism as a diagnosis.
With intersectionality as a core feature, the impact of cultural differences, underdiagnoses, stigma, and stereotypes amongst ethnic minorities is also included. It discusses how pain functions in the autistic brain as well as co-occurring conditions such as alexithymia, chronic pain, epilepsy, and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
This multidisciplinary author team includes two well-established autism experts, and an experienced midwife and lecturer who provides invaluable birthing insight, as well as approaches for sensation management during birth, insider knowledge on midwifery protocols, and accessible tools for autistic pregnant people and families to use.
  • Published: Jan 18 2024
  • Pages: 304
  • 228 x 152mm
  • ISBN: 9781839971051
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Press Reviews

  • Dr Sam Chenery-Morris, Dean of School of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health, University of Suffolk

    Authoring this book for several audiences: women, professionals, students, and family members is a massive undertaking but one that comes together well. As an academic I especially enjoyed the more theoretical and scientific chapters, but other readers will no doubt prefer different chapters. The uniqueness of women with autism is central to this book, readers too will be different. Whatever your unique motivations are, you will not be disappointed there really is something in this for the academic, the family or friend of a person with autism - and especially those encountering pregnancy, birth, and parenthood. I learned a lot from my readings including invaluable practical tips and further resources to maintain and expand my learning.
  • NetGalley review

    A ground-breaking resource that not only fills a significant gap in literature but also serves as a practical framework for healthcare workers supporting autistic populations. As a therapist specializing in bibliotherapy, particularly with neurodivergent clients, I am immensely impressed with the authors' dedication to promoting equality of access to healthcare for autistic parents. One of the strengths of this resource is its accessibility. The authors do an excellent job of introducing readers to the diverse characteristics, needs, and struggles of individuals on the autism spectrum. Even for those without prior knowledge, the book provides a thorough understanding through case examples, making it an invaluable tool for healthcare workers, therapists, and anyone involved in supporting autistic individuals on their parenting journey. The authors skillfully navigate the spectrum of sensitivities, acknowledging both hypersensitivity and hyposensitivity in different areas, fostering a deep understanding among readers.