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Increasing numbers of women with physical or sensory disabilities are choosing to bear children. Research and experience seem to indicate serious shortcomings in assisting disabled primiparas toward confident, healthy, and safe childbearing and childcaring. Guidelines are suggested for appropriate referral or direct provision of education and counselling services for such clients during prepregnancy, pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the postpartum period. Useful resources are identified to assist the nurse-midwife in her role.