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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND PREGNANCY: Implications for Practice

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  • Diane K. Bohn CNM

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      General Delivery, South Haven MN 55382.
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    • The author holds a B.S.N. from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and is currently enrolled in the D.N.Sc. program at Rush University, Chicago, Illinois, where she recently completed midwifery training. Professional experience includes 18 months as a nurse counselor for a hospital-based family violence program. Affiliations include membership in the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women and in the Central Minnesota Task Force on Battered Women. She is currently a volunteer advocate at Woman House, a battered women's shelter in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The author is also involved in preliminary research for her dissertation project on Abuse During Pregnancy Among Ojibway Indian Women.


General Delivery, South Haven MN 55382.

ABSTRACT

A review of the literature reveals an incidence of abuse during pregnancy in approximately half of all battered women, and one in 11 to one in 50 women from the general population. Abuse often begins or escalates during pregnancy, and may result in pregnancy loss, preterm labor, low birth-weight, fetal injury, and fetal death. Nurse-mid-wives can play a vital role in prevention, assessment, and intervention with violent families. Effective intervention requires increased awareness of domestic violence as a public health concern and a knowledge base from which to confront the problem.

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