Supporting childbearing women who are at risk of having their baby removed at birth

Tabitha Tantawi-Basra, Sally Pezaro

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)
39 Downloads (Pure)


Applications for babies to be taken in to care at birth are at a national high. This results in significantly impaired life outcomes.

To identify therapeutic mechanisms and interventions to support those at risk of having their baby removed from them at birth and explore the literature in this area.

Overall, eight articles including a total of 2 539 participants were selected for inclusion, reporting outcomes from Canada, Australia, England, the Netherlands and US. Findings were categorised into three overarching themes and seven subthemes.

A cycle of maltreatment model is presented. Social stigma, distrust of services and inequalities remain significant barriers to help-seeking. The development of trusting professional relationships, goal setting and early and sustained interventions may be key in developing effective future interventions of support.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)378-387
Number of pages10
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2020

Bibliographical note

Copyright © and Moral Rights are retained by the author(s) and/ or other copyright owners. A copy can be downloaded for personal non-commercial research or study, without prior permission or charge. This item cannot be reproduced or quoted extensively from without first obtaining permission in writing from the copyright holder(s). The content must not be changed in any way or sold commercially in any format or medium without the formal permission of the copyright holders.


  • Domestic abuse
  • Interventions
  • Literature review
  • Safeguarding
  • Substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Maternity and Midwifery


Dive into the research topics of 'Supporting childbearing women who are at risk of having their baby removed at birth'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this