Perinatal Care and Considerations for Survivors of Child Abuse: Challenges and Opportunities

Robyn Brunton (Editor), Rachel Dryer (Editor)

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This edited collection collates research concerning the challenges and opportunities of pregnancy and the postpartum period for perinatal women who are survivors of child abuse. Drawing on empirical findings and theory, this is the first book to identify emerging and topical issues around screening and disclosure and how clinicians and professionals may help to build resilience for child abuse survivors. Pregnancy and the postpartum period present unique challenges and opportunities for clinicians and mental health professionals who may encounter pregnant women with adverse childhood experiences. Challenges include antenatal care considerations for survivors of child abuse such as triggering events that may further traumatize women or result in avoidance behaviours such as failing to engage in routine antenatal care, and other associated adverse outcomes including increased health concerns and, in some cases, prolonged labour and preterm birth. These challenges point to the need for identifying women at risk and providing sensitive care, and this book demonstrates the opportunities which arise through interventions and resilience building.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages192
ISBN (Electronic)9783031336393
ISBN (Print)9783031336386
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2023


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