Barts Health - NHS Trust has very kindly allowed Essential Parent to use its wonderful "Going home - our guide to postnatal care" leaflet to provide the information for many of our articles, including this one.
One in four women experience domestic abuse at some point in their lives and many cases start or worsen during pregnancy or after birth. It may take the form of physical, sexual, financial control, mental or emotional abuse.
It’s abuse if your partner or a family member:
shoves or pushes you,
makes you fear for your physical safety,
puts you down,
is jealous or possessive or frightens you.
Domestic abuse risks both your mental health and that of your baby. You can speak in confidence to your midwife, health visitor or GP who can offer help and support, or you may prefer to contact the 24 hour national Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline
– 0808 2000 247.
This article is one of many postnatal articles which Barts Health NHS Trust generously allowed Essential Parent to use. These articles come from the excellent Barts “Guide to Postnatal Care at Home”.
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