Apr 11

Domestic Violence and the Midwife

As midwives we need to be able to identify indicators of domestic violence in all its manifestations. Midwives are uniquely positioned to be able to pick up cues ­ we typically spend more time with clients at each prenatal visit, our focus is on holistic health including the psychosocial aspects of family wellbeing, we provide continuity of care, and conduct home visits. The nature of the midwife­-client relationship builds trust and promotes disclosure. It is not unusual for a client to say, “I’ve never told anyone this before…” and share some intimate information that helps us better understand and safeguard the health of the mother, baby and family.

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