Supporting women with autism during pregnancy, birth and beyond

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Women with a diagnosis of autism are accessing maternity care and practitioners have often received little education or training in this area. This paper explains some of the qualities associated with autism and how these can affect a woman's experience of pregnancy, birth and parenting. The areas of communication, sensory perception, emotional regulation and cognition are explored. Reasonable adjustments are suggested based on the published evidence. Further research is needed to inform evidence-based practice. We must invest in the training of maternity staff so that women with autism are not disadvantaged due to their condition and the care they receive.

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