Intimate Partner Violence

Journey of Motherhood Under the Shadow of Abuse During Pregnancy

by, Ann Bianchi, PhD, RN

Intimate partner violence (IPV) has devastating effects on a pregnant woman and her unborn child.

Intimate partner violence may be more severe and more frequent during pregnancy which poses health risks to the mother and her baby. The effects on a woman’s health due to IPV during pregnancy may extend long after the pregnancy and post-partum period. One in four women are victims of IPV and 324,000 pregnant women experience IPV each year and 1600 maternal deaths each year are the result of intimate partner violence.

This blog post is part of our IPV series and covers the effects on mother-infant bonding, maternal and fetal outcomes, and our role as nurses.

The last in our blog series coming out in winter 2015 will cover screening details for nurses. Continue reading