Becoming a parent if you have a disability

Find out about issues relating to health and benefits if you have a disability and are 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 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 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 Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and your care needs change as a result of your parenting role, you should contact the PIP Centre.

A decision-maker will then consider whether your change in circumstances affects the rate of PIP you should receive.

If you receive Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and your care needs change as a result of your parenting role, you should contact the Disability and Carers Service.

As DLA is being replaced by PIP for people aged between 16 to 64 years, you will be invited to claim PIP if you are in this age group.

If you are under 16, a decision maker will consider whether your change in circumstances affects the rate of DLA you should receive.

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