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  • How can I Find a caregiver for a pregnant women with a spinal injury past?

    Hey, I'm from Toronto.My younger sister Amy is two months pregnant. She has been through physiotherapy till now. She had a spinal injury in a car accident exactly two years back on the new year eve. It took more than a year to cure her wounds and cracks. She has been through the therapy to reduce the back pain and side effects of the surgery. What bothers us now, is her pregnancy has a lot of complications, and can't continue her therapies like before. She is not ready to give up on her baby. We couldn't compel her more as we know this is a kind of bliss in her life. She was leading a monotony life all these years. Now she is getting back to her normal life, after getting pregnant. She needs more care and support. We love her unconditionally, but we are afraid sometimes we may fail to provide that best care, we've other responsibilities and duties. Her man desires to provide her with the best care like he needs a caregiver, whose only responsibility to look after her. More than a caregiver, that person should treat her like a friend.
    Her doctor wants to continue her spine therapy because he worries this break in the treatment may severely affect the final result. But what I feel is, it is difficult to strain the body at the early stage of pregnancy. Finally, we've decided to appoint a caregiver, who knows baby yoga training. So far I think, which is not that difficult, and no need to strain or stretch like in therapy. I've done a little research on this but couldn't find many opportunities! Yeah, there are still a few companies who provide caregivers to look after pregnant ladies and to train them baby yoga! Could you please help me to find a genuine caregiver for my sister? It'd be a help to my entire family.
    Many thanks!

  • #2
    I am a bit confused. Your sister has a spinal cord injury (paralysis) or just a spinal fracture that is healing? What "cracks" are you referring to? What "therapies" was she doing that she cannot do during pregnancy? Not clear what you are planning this caregiver to do...a personal care attendant is not paid to be your "friend", but to assist you with physical care that you cannot do yourself.

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    • #3
      I'm unable to advise you on the question of caregiver, however, can you elaborate on the "spine therapy" that her doctor recommends? What do you think about a consultation for your sister with a physiatrist (rehabilitation specialist), if the spine doctor is not in this specialty.
      Also, there are probably Physical Therapists out there who can work with a pregnant woman.
      Is she paralyzed? If so, at what level of the spine? Can she care for herself? Can she work, drive, etc.?
      More information would be helpful as we don't know her functional ability.


      • #4
        if you could elaborate more on her injury as well it would be helpful. is she a complete paraplegic or incomplete paraplegic and is this rehab? if rehab she should be ok stopping while she is pregnant as she should be able to care for herself in a wheelchair which is the point of therapy at least in the early stages which she went thru initally after injury.
        T6 Incomplete due to a Spinal cord infarction July 2009


        • #5
          Thank you guys for your concern.
          We've got a lady for taking of my sister. The trainer has become a family now. So far everyone is doing great. My sister is chasing her sixth month. She is feeling better with this less strain baby yoga.