family planning for wheelchair users

Illustration by Doug Davis

Ditch the popcorn and excessively large soda — starting a family on wheels takes a bit more thought than Seth Rogen’s on-screen character drunkenly spreading his seed in the movie, Knocked Up. We’re talking real life family planning — bun-in-the-oven style — for chair users. Whether it’s the old fashioned way, in vitro fertilization, surrogacy or adoption, there are many ways to grow a family.

Let me be clear: We chair users can carry our own children or get our partner pregnant. Let’s debunk the no-can-do myth right here, right now! However, sometimes those options aren’t feasible, available or safe. To each her own, including myself.

I’m 29, going on 30, and in a it-looks-to-be-going-there relationship. Regardless of where it ultimately ends up, I’d like a family of my own with my future partner. Not to mention, having kids is even more top-of-mind considering my age.

As a C7-T1 quad, I know I can physically carry a child, but I a