Fertility & Parenting

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Fertility course

For people with SCI it is absolutely possible for you to conceive a baby; to have a healthy, normal pregnancy; and with the right tools and support system, to be a great, capable parent.

Men with spinal cord injury may have difficulties with getting an erection and ejaculation; but with self-stimulation, assisted ejaculation or other methods, they can retrieve sperm to fertilize their partner’s egg. Women with spinal cord injury often temporarily lose their menstrual periods after SCI, but their regular cycle will return with time, and fertility is not affected.

Pregnancy with SCI is considered to be high-risk with various potential complications, but with a healthy lifestyle, supportive healthcare team, and the right labour and delivery environment, these risks can be reduced.

Parents with SCI will face many new challenges like feeding, changing, and bathing their child.  This course will give you information to deal with any fears or safety concerns you may have and potential social attitudes of others. You will learn ways to adapt your home and assistive devices that can help you take care of your child. Finally, you will learn about available resources and services for parenting with a disability.

Course Contents
Section 1: Planning for Pregnancy
1.1-Dispelling the Myths
1.2-Fertility for Men after SCI
1.3-Fertility for Women after SCI
1.4-Getting your Partner Pregnant (for Men with SCI)
1.5-Getting Pregnant (for Women with SCI)

Section 2: Pregnancy
2.1-First Things You Need to Know
2.2-Complications
2.3-Labour & Delivery
2.4-Recovery
2.5-Breastfeeding

Section 3: Parenting
3.1-Psychosocial Aspects of Parenting with a Disability
3.2-Social Attitudes toward Parenting with a Disability
3.3-Adaptation
3.4-Your Accessible Home and Childcare Assistive Devices
3.5-Resources & Services