Journal article

Sensory challenges experienced by autistic women during pregnancy and childbirth: a systematic review

Priscilla Samuel, Rui Ying Yew, Merrilyn Hooley, Martha Hickey, Mark A Stokes

ARCHIVES OF GYNECOLOGY AND OBSTETRICS | SPRINGER HEIDELBERG | Published : 2021

Abstract

PURPOSE: The aim of this systematic review was to identify challenges faced by autistic women during pregnancy and birth due to sensory issues or other features of Autism Spectrum Disorder. METHODS: A systematic search of literature was conducted using Medline, PubMed, Embase, PsycINFO, CINAHL, MIDIRS, ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global, and Open Access Theses and Dissertations. Eligible studies addressed autistic women's pregnancy or birth experiences, and were assessed for methodological quality. RESULTS: The search generated 2656 results, with six meeting inclusion criteria. Data from 427 autistic participants were extracted from four qualitative and two quantitative studies for syn..

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