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  • tomcarrollgateway 3:29 pm on 20th February 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: emotional, housing, , , , wellbeing   

    Social support in pregnancy 

    Kalvinder talks about the support she got from Gateway.

    Being pregnant is supposed to be a happy time, but it can be very difficult. We help mums deal with practical and emotional problems so they can concentrate on keeping healthy – and having healthy babies. After she found she was pregnant Kalvinder came to Birmingham from Southampton to be near her family, but there were problems.  We helped her sort out a complicated benefit situation, helped her find somewhere suitable to live  – and every problem solved meant there was something less for Kalvinder to worry about – and that’s what our job is all about.

  • tomcarrollgateway 12:49 pm on 2nd February 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: abuse, domestic abuse, domestic violence, dv, ,   

    Domestic Violence in Pregnancy 

    In yesterday’s Guardian,  an article on domestic violence highlighted the suffering women are experiencing due to cut backs to funding for women’s aid and other domestic violence support team within the community. The service  is one of the primary support services for women who are experiencing this  common oppressive  practice. Domestic violence is  said to peak, or is triggered during pregnancy as this is a vulnerable stage of life.  This issue has a detrimental impact on  women’s  health and possibly her unborn child depending on the severity of the situation.

    As  Pregnancy Outreach Workers we  support women with such isssues and have seen where they have developed anxiety, emotional and psychological issues,  and  mental health difficulties.  However, one must remember, it is not just the physical  act, it is also threats, emotional abuse and domination, bullying, oppression and restrictions.  Therefore pregnant  women should seek urgent support if experiencing these difficulties, so they can get urgent and appropriate  support from their Family Support Workers, Pregnancy Outreach Workers, their GPs, Midwives and other professional workers who can refer or signpost them to domestic violence/abuse agencies.

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