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Pregnancy Outcomes for Women with Intellectual and Developmental DisabilitiesShow details
Presenter: Susan Parish, PhD, MSW
Susan Parish is the Nancy Lurie Marks Professor of Disability Policy, Director of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, and Associate Dean for Research at the Heller School, Brandeis University. Her research examines the health and financial well-being of children and adults with developmental disabilities.
The existing research on pregnancy outcomes for women with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) is sparse. Susan Parish will present findings from a study that analyzed the 2010 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Nationwide Inpatient Sample and compared deliveries among women with IDD to the general obstetric population. Women with IDD had longer hospital stays and were more likely to have Caesarean deliveries in contrast to other women. Rates of adverse pregnancy outcomes were elevated for women with IDD across a range of measures, including early labor, preterm birth, and preeclampsia, and their infants were more likely to have low birth weight, even after adjusting for age, race, ethnicity, and insurance type. Dr. Parish will discuss the implications of these findings, as well as the targeted interventions needed to address these deleterious outcomes.
pregnancy, childbirth, mothers, intellectual disabilities
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