Becoming a parent if you have a disability
Find out about issues relating to health and benefits if you are a disabled person planning to become a parent, or take on parenting responsibilities.
Having a baby and health issues
It is important to have access to information and the right maternity services, which take into account a mother's medical condition and/or disability.
You could start by talking through any issues with your doctor. Things to discuss could include:
- planning a pregnancy and conception
- how a particular disability and/or medical condition could affect pregnancy and birth, including issues like taking medication while breast-feeding
- scans and tests
- post-birth health support for you and your child
Your doctor may refer you to a specialist or consultant.
Having a child and the effect on your benefits
If you receive Disability Living Allowance and your care needs to change as a result of your parenting role, you should contact the Disability and Carers Service.
A decision-maker will then be able to consider whether your change in circumstances affects the rate of Disability Living Allowance you should receive.
More useful links
- Support groups for parents of children with disabilities (caring for someone section)
- Having a baby (health and well-being section)
- If your child is disabled (health and well-being section)
- Caring for a child with disabilities (caring for someone section)
- Community support groups and organisations (leisure, home and community section)
- Disabled Parents Network website