This work was supported by a March of Dimes grant for the Prevention of Battering During Pregnancy. An educational video, “Crimes Against the Future,” endorsed by Surgeon General Everett Koop, is available from the March of Dimes, 1275 Mamaroneck, White Plains, NY 10605.
Battering During Pregnancy: Intervention Strategies
Article first published online: 31 MAR 2007
Volume 14, Issue 3, pages 142–147, September 1987
How to Cite
Helton, A. S. and Snodgrass, F. G. (1987), Battering During Pregnancy: Intervention Strategies. Birth, 14: 142–147. doi: 10.1111/j.1523-536X.1987.tb01476.x
- Issue published online: 31 MAR 2007
- Article first published online: 31 MAR 2007
ABSTRACT: Battering during pregnancy is a major health problem affecting not only the pregnant woman but the unborn child. Battering frequently begins or escalates during pregnancy or the postpartum period. Interviews with 290 healthy pregnant women revealed that of the sample of black (22.4%), Latino (43.1%), and white (32.1%) pregnant women, 23 percent had been battered before or during the current pregnancy. Of these, 63.8 percent were unaware of resources available for battered women. Of those who were aware, the predominant resource cited was family. Perinatal caregivers can be instrumental in primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of battering.