Pregnancy and Intimate Partner Violence

October’s adult Tribal Forensic Healthcare webinar will be Pregnancy and Intimate Partner Violence. Diane Bohn RN, CNM, PhD will be the featured presenter. The session will take place October 9th from 3-4:40pm ET. As with all webinars from the project, CEUs and CMEs are available and all offerings are archived.

From the site:

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a public health problem throughout the world, generally affecting 4-8% of pregnant women in the U. S., with much higher rates found in some populations. IPV during and around the time of pregnancy can have tremendous negative health consequences. Women in abusive relationships often experience unplanned and mistimed pregnancies. They frequently present later in their pregnancies for prenatal care, gain less weight, and their pregnancies are more likely to be complicated by substance use, depression, PTSD, suicidality, STIs, injuries and death. Their babies are at increased risk of being born prematurely and/or of low birth weight. Health care providers are uniquely positioned to provide women experiencing IPV with information and support to increase their safety and possibly mitigate the effects of abuse on their health. The U. S. Task Force, ACOG and others recommend that all pregnant women be assessed for IPV and be provided with interventions including safety planning and referrals to community programs. Many health providers are uncomfortable with and/or lack the knowledge to address IPV with their patients.