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

Tabitha Tantawi-Basra, Sally Pezaro

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Abstract


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

Aims
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.

Findings
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.

Conclusion
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
Volume28
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2020

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Maternity and Midwifery

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