Pregnant and in a domestically violent relationship? Searching for a pregnant women’s shelter? We can help.
Adoption is a viable option.
Our adoption agency can provide safe housing – no need to stay in a pregnant women’s shelter. The pregnant women we serve who are victims of domestic violence have access to free housing, food, clothing, shelter, healthcare, and free adoption services. Between 3% and 6% of pregnant women in the United States experience a physical form of domestic violence, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC.)
Physical violence while pregnant can result in:
- Immediate effects on pregnancy can include:
- Blunt trauma to the abdomen
- Hemorrhaging (including placental separation)
- Uterine rupture
- Preterm labor
- Premature rupture of the membranes
As a victim of domestic violence, it is important that you stay safe. You don’t have to stay in a pregnant women’s shelter though. Adoption is a very positive option. Being in a domestically violent relationship is one reason that pregnant women choose to make an adoption plan. Here are some reasons why:
Pregnant women in domestic violent relationships are:
- Postpone beginning prenatal medical appointments
- Are twice as likely to miss their prenatal OB appointments
- Have a higher risk of preterm birth and delivering low birth weight babies.
- Being in a domestically violent relationship is associated with having poor nutrition, inadequate gestational weight gain, and higher rates of smoking, alcohol use, and substance use
- Women who have been hospitalized for a physical assault during their pregnancy are at a higher risk––8 times the risk of fetal death and nearly 6 times the risk of neonatal death
Domestic violence during your pregnancy can have a negative impact on your child as they are growing up. Studies show us that women in domestically violent relationships have children that are at an increased risk of:
- increased levels of trauma symptoms
- twice as likely to have a difficult temperament
- having behavioral problems during childhood such as: physical aggression, disobeying rules, cheating, stealing, anxiety or depression.
We have resources to help you! If leaving your abusive relationship leaves you homeless and in financial despair- you do not have to stay in a pregnant women’s shelter. We can help!!!
We can assist you with
- Maternity clothing
- cell phone
- and for more please click here
Additionally, our Arizona Adoption Agency has an Adoption After-Care Program (The Donna K. Evans Foundation.)