I am currently a Masters student at Leeds University. I am based at the Centre for Disability Studies and my degree title is ‘Disability and Gender.’ My chosen dissertation topic is to look at pregnancy among disabled women. Because there is a limit to the size of project that I am able to undertake, I have chosen to focus my research on pregnancy among women with physical impairments, in particular. I am very keen to talk to any women who may be able to help me.
I am aware this may be a sensitive topic for some women and will respect the wishes of the women involved if they do not want to share certain experiences and of course all respondents will be kept anonymous. I am very flexible regarding how I can conduct the research, I can send questionnaires, telephone interviews, use instant messenger, email and visit individuals providing they are in the UK, this can be determined by the participants and what they feel comfortable with.
My research will focus on, what if any, attitudinal and structural barriers disabled pregnant women face throughout their pregnancy and after the birth of their child. I would also be interested to discuss the support and reactions women have encountered from the wide range of health and social care professionals involved throughout their pregnancy and again after the baby is born.
If anyone can assist me in this research I would be most grateful and anxious to hear from you, your help and contributions will be treated with respect. Similarly if anyone knows of someone who maybe able to talk to me but is not on this list please could I ask of you to forward this email. For your information my dissertation supervisor is Dr Angharad Beckett (School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds) and she can be contacted if anyone wishes to clarify my topic or discuss anything whatsoever with her regarding this request. Her email address is: [log in to unmask]
Many thanks in advance and I look forward to hearing from you,