Accessing reproductive healthcare presents many challenges for women living with paralysis. They must overcome physical barriers and the attitudinal and educational barriers presented by OB/GYN practitioners. “Empowering Women Living with Paralysis: Breaking Barriers to Reproductive Health” will explore these barriers and how women living with paralysis can empower themselves to access the care they need and deserve.
Presenters Cody Unser and Dani Izzie will discuss the various barriers to routine OB/GYN care as well as prenatal care, provide strategies for overcoming them, and share their personal experiences as women living with paralysis in addressing challenges they have faced in obtaining reproductive healthcare. Specific topics will include the meaning of empowerment for women living with paralysis and how to practice it in health management; the medical and psychosocial consequences of the barriers to OB/GYN care, finding the right prenatal care practitioner; and patient rights and self-advocacy.