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SANDS Awareness Month June 2019

June is SANDS (Stillbirth & neonatal death charity) Awareness Month click on the image to visit the SANDS website for more information, support and advice.

Statistically pregnancy increases the risk of escalation in domestic abuse or can be a trigger for it to happen.

Domestic abuse during pregnancy increases the risk to the health of both mother and the unborn child. Domestic abuse during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage, infection, premature birth, and injury or death of the baby.

The stress and anxiety that pregnant women experience, because of the abusive relationship, can affect the woman's emotional & physical well being as well as affecting the development of the baby.

If you are experiencing domestic abuse you can get support and help; please click on the Get Help tab of this website to find organisations that can support you.

During pregnancy you will be asked about your relationship; you can talk to your midwife, HV or other professional involved in your care if you are experiencing domestic abuse.

https://www.tommys.org/

Further information is available from the Tommy's website.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/domestic-abuse-pregnant/

If you click on the lick above at the bottom of the page is a video in which a midwife explains why women are asked about domestic abuse.

Women in same sex relationships can also experience domestic abuse, so please speak to someone to protect yourself and your baby.

If you are in immediate danger please call the Police on 999

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