“Abuse during pregnancy is common and affects upwards of one in six pregnant women worldwide. The objective of this study outlined in the article from Birth Journal was to “describe the demographics, frequency, and severity of abuse, and the risk of murder for women who report abuse during pregnancy compared with women who do not report abuse.
300 women seeking assistance for partner abuse were recruited to participate in a 7-year prospective study. Of the 300 women, 50 reported they had been pregnant within the last 4 months; 25 of the women (50%) reported they were “beaten” during the pregnancy; and 25 women (50%) reported they had not been “beaten.” Analysis was completed on differential severity for abuse and risk for murder between the two groups. ”
It is a somber article that highlights the need to have screening policies in place.