Intimate partner violence and pregnancy: How midwives can listen to silenced women
MA Healthcare Ltd
School of Nursing and Midwifery / Nursing, Midwifery and Health Services Research
Intimate partner violence (IPV) during pregnancy is a challenging professional issue for midwives, and is associated with serious health consequences for the woman and her baby including significant long-term physical, psychological and social ramifications. One in four women will experience IPV in their lifetime and midwives have an important role in the screening, care and management of pregnant women who may be experiencing IPV. Antenatal screening for IPV is recommended for all women, regardless of presence of risk factors or indicators of abuse.