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Just for Women:
Pregnancy & SCI —Things to Consider

Reprinted from PN March 2003
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Becoming a mother can be one of the most fulfilling experiences in life—and as a woman with a spinal-cord injury (SCI), you have the ability and choice to have children of your own. However, having and raising a child is a serious decision that demands careful planning and management well in advance. How do you know if this is the right decision for you? Where do you begin?

In her column in the March 2003 PN/Paraplegia News, Gina Garippo offers some counsel from Dr. Thy Huskey, a physiatrist and medical director of general rehabilitation for SSM Rehab (St. Louis), including tips on finding the right OB-GYN physician and things you should know about your body to help you understand the risks.

"Having a baby is a big decision," says Dr. Huskey, "but one that is yours to make. You are in control. Talk to your doctor, do the research, ask a lot of questions—then make the decision that is right for you and your partner."

 

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Just for Women:
Pregnancy & SCI —Things to Consider

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