Part one of three from this full length television programme
Part two of three from this full length television programme
Part three of three from this full length television programme
Karen and Mark, who are both intellectually disabled, are expecting a child. In this episode from stripped back documentary series First Hand, the couple become a family when baby Terry arrives. Terry's birth means the usual support they receive from IHC must be ramped up, and a new caregiver steps in to help Karen and Mark cope with the 24/7 responsibilities of parenthood. It's a story full of hope and love, but no one close to the couple is under any illusions about the amount of support needed to successfully parent Terry.
If I can't have a child...it's really up to myself and my doctor, really. If he says I can have a baby then I should have that chance.– Karen on her right to have a baby
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