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What is this site about?


In this pilot website, we describe some research about the health of mothers who care for a child with a disability.  We also present some important women’s health issues that relate to all women.

This information is especially important to you as the mother of a child with additional needs.

You are a very important person in the life of your child with a disability and your family. You matter, and your health matters!

This website has been created to assist you to reconnect with what is important to you, and what is required to achieve better health and wellbeing.


This site is organized into modules, or sections, that group information around one or two topics that may be of interest to you. This will help you to locate the information that relates to you in your life.

Experts will share information that may be of interest and useful to you. However, when reading or listening, remember that you are the expert in your life!

The information that you select will relate to you. Other information may not be of interest. You have a lot of experience, wisdom and a unique perspective that relates to your unique situation.

Please view, read and interact with the modules and information that you need. Think about yourself and your life. Ask yourself: Can I make positive changes in my life for my health and wellbeing?

Whatever daily challenges you face, this site aims to provide you with information, some strategies and a way to start planning to go forward towards a healthier life.





Mimi, mother to 13 year old Thomas who has Autism.

Because I have depression and anxiety, these were probably the best workshops for me. I’ve been making myself stop and just focus on one thing at a time. I don't get so overwhelmed and I manage better.













Why has this site been set up? The reason that this site has been set up for mothers like you is to share information which you may not otherwise access.

We know that many mothers of a child with a disability have limited time and have restrictions on attending workshops and opportunities in the community that may assist them to understand how best to address their own well-being.

It is true that not enough is available to assist mothers like you to address your own health and well-being needs. Therefore we are providing you with some information relevant to many mothers like you, in one website. We hope that you find the information useful and helpful. Mothers are very important people.

You are a very important person.






Delilah, mother to 8 year old Emma who has lower limb deficiency.

“[The women’s health information] gave me an overall picture...where I realized I need to start looking at my health and actually planning what I’ll do. To put it in a package made the message hit home"











There are some research papers that informed the development of this site. We will have more to follow as we evaluate the program and what mothers like you find useful. It is not necessary to buy or read these articles. However we are sharing the list for your information.

Much of the research described below has been instrumental in the design of the healthy mothers healthy families program.

View a list of current available research.


View what mothers say about Healthy Mothers, Healthy Families.