Pregnancy and Birth
When I began writing this site many years ago, I assumed that my audience would be parents with young children with hand/arm differences who were looking for information on specific topics of interest. I was shocked when I began to receive almost weekly emails from expectant moms and dads. As ultrasounds have become routine prenatal procedures, increasing numbers of expectant mothers are finding out at 18 to 22 weeks that the child whom they are carrying has a hand or arm difference.
Whether you were informed of your child’s hand situation prior to the birth or not, you still may be in some form of shock. Take a deep breath!! Remember that you are in good company. There are thousands of children with hand/arm/mulitple limb differences around the world, who mostly grow up to be happy, competent, and contributing members of society.
I also want to welcome those of you who are adopting, fostering, or raising children who are not your biological children, as well as those of you raising children who have experienced limb loss due to an accident, injury, cancer, or some other form of traumatic experience.
Right now, though, the first thing to do is to go to I’m Having a Baby With What? to read about some of the issues that you might be facing. Then proceed to the other links above. And as always, please let me know if there is any additional information about this critical stage that I should have on this website.
© 2022. Laura Faye Clubok, MS, OTR/L, On The Other Hand Therapy