Disabled and Broody: My Impossible Choice

“If my parents had made the same choice I did, I would not be here.”
Programme Details

Award-winning presenter Julie Fernandez draws on personal experience to explore an agonising decision: whether to have children, if it means passing on disabilities?

Julie’s children would have a 50/50 chance of inheriting her brittle bone disease and she and her husband decided not to take the risk. It was a painful choice – at odds with Julie’s strongly-felt beliefs about disability equality.

In this programme she talks with disarming honesty to others faced with a similar choice, including one couple who have chosen to have children who inherited their condition, and another embarking on a complex form of reproductive medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital. Julie asks the big questions about a philosophically challenging issue which divides disabled people in this country; and reveals our attitudes to disability generally.

Tuesday 20th May at 4pm, BBC Radio 4.

Production Credits
Disability: A New History
Peter White reveals the lives of physically disabled people in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Caring Too Much
A look at the complex relationship between disabled child and parent carer.
Mothers and Daughters
We asked listeners to tell us about their experiences as mothers and daughters.
My Lover, My Carer
Julie Fernandez asks what happens to long-term relationships when a lover becomes a carer?