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From Here to Maternity

From Here to Maternity

Pregnancy and Motherhood on the Autism Spectrum

Lana Grant

Quick Overview

Exploring the challenges of becoming a mother with autism, Lana Grant draws on her experience of pregnancy and motherhood before and after diagnosis to offer advice to other women and the professionals working with them. Her stories, humour and personal reactions to her experiences offer real insight into this aspect of life on the spectrum.
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Paperback / softback
2015, 8.50in x 5.43in / 216mm x 138mm, 200pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-580-2
2015, ePUB, 200pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-025-2
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Already the mother of five children, Lana Grant's late diagnosis of autism at age 38 transformed her experience of her sixth pregnancy. Based on her own experiences of the challenges and joys of pregnancy and motherhood, this witty, entertaining read provides insight into the unique challenges encountered by mothers on the spectrum and provides tips and strategies for understanding and overcoming them.

From physical and emotional changes, through to changes of routine and a lack of sleep, Lana Grant explains what women on the spectrum should expect in pregnancy and motherhood, as well as preparing them for the inevitable unexpected! Her stories of learning to make allowances for her feelings and her witty anecdotes offer support and a like-minded voice to women on the spectrum. She discusses everything from learning to understand the language used by medical professionals, who to tell what and when, and the dangers of over-sharing, through to sensory challenges during and after delivery, what to expect from staff in the hospital, and the social challenges of interacting with other mums before and after the birth.

The first book on this important topic of pregnancy and motherhood on the autism spectrum, From Here to Maternity provides much needed support, insight and understanding for women on the spectrum, their family and friends, and the professionals working with them during and after pregnancy.


'As a mother diagnosed with autism after the birth of my children myself, I can relate to the anxieties and experiences that Lana has presented in this ground-breaking book on pregnancy and motherhood for women with autism. By sharing her personal journey, along with clear information and tips for medical staff, hopefully this book will help allay some of the fears and answer the many questions that expectant mothers on the autism spectrum will have.'
- Sarah Hendrickx, author of several books, including Love, Sex and Long-Term Relationships: What People with Asperger Syndrome Really Really Want

'In this extremely readable and engaging book, Lana Grant gives graphic details of her pregnancies to illustrate how the challenges are magnified for those with Asperger Syndrome. Even when medical staff knew her diagnosis, this rarely altered their practice. Feeling extremely anxious about much of what was said and done was constant. However, giving birth and caring for her children have been the happiest and most significant parts of her life to date. This is a must read for all medical staff and others in the field of autism.'
- Dr. Glenys Jones, Chartered Psychologist, Autism Centre for Education and Research, University of Birmingham

'Happily ignoring the too common notion that women with an ASD cannot or should not have children, Lana Grant gives us From Here to Maternity, the baby book bible for those of us on the spectrum. Her language use can be taken literally, her explanations are visual enough to contemplate, and the extra tidbits of information not typically contained in everyday pregnancy books make this book a welcome addition to our female autism community and to any other woman who struggles with literalness, sensory integration, inflexibility, and/or perseverations. Truth be told, it's actually a really good read for anyone planning to have kids!'
- Liane Holliday Willey, author of Pretending to be Normal: Living with Asperger's Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder)


By (author): Lana Grant