Research Briefs

Our research briefs contain summaries of evidence-based, community-focused, peer-reviewed research on parents with disabilities, including studies examining the general health of parents with disabilities in the United States, capacity-building for family interventions for parents with mental illness, the economic status of U.S. parents with disabilities, and self-advocacy tips for pregnant women with physical disabilities.

A mother with a developmental disability holds her baby on her shoulder.

Facilitators and Barriers to Breastfeeding among Mothers with Physical Disabilities in the United States

This brief highlights the factors that contribute to breastfeeding rates and the implications for policy and practice.

Creating the Capacity for Interventions for Parents with Mental Illness

This brief features information on creating and implementing interventions for parents with mental illness that encompass the entire family. 

Health of Parents with and without Disabilities in the United States, 2017

This summary includes information on the overall health of parents with disabilities in the United States compared to parents without disabilities. 

Self-Advocacy Tips for Pregnant Women with Physical Disabilities

This guide for women with physical disabilities contains advice from other women on how to best prepare for pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. 

Pregnancy among Women with Physical Disabilities: Unmet Needs and Recommendations on Navigating Pregnancy 

This article highlights the challenges that women with physical disabilities face when seeking perinatal care, as well as recommendations that women with physical disabilities have offered to other women to navigate pregnancy, childbirth and beyond. 

National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities