It’s every mother’s worst nightmare – that someone might take away their baby.
That the bond they are gently making will be severed by some act of God or force of circumstance.
But for Betty (not her real name) that threat was not just a bad dream, it was real – because of her disability.
And it hung over her first few months with her baby girl like a dark shadow.
Betty has a chronic condition that limits her mobility and strength.
Before the birth of her daughter, Sally, she had carers coming in from social services daily to help her live an independent life.
“Care from social services enabled me to have a relationship and a job,” she says.
“But when I was pregnant I didn’t tell social services because I was terrified of the threat of what children’s services might do.”
She says she did not…
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