Women, whether married or single, physically sound or disabled, believe that having a child completes the family unit. With the improvement of acute care and effective post-cord-trauma rehabilitation, pregnancy and delivery in spinal-cord-injured women will occur more frequently. Our staff from the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Rehabilitation Unit felt fortunate when we had two tetraplegic patients who were pregnant. Staff members were involved in both the prenatal and the postnatal care of these women. This chapter presents our personal experiences, along with mail and literature survey results, on pregnancy, delivery, and sexual behaviors during the pre- and post-partum stages.
KeywordsSpinal Cord Injury Decubitus Ulcer Ileal Conduit Premature Labor Intrauterine Death
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