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BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth

, 11:70

First Online: 12 October 2011Received: 21 February 2011Accepted: 12 October 2011

Abstract

BackgroundInterpersonal violence is responsible for more ill-health and premature death in women under the age of 45 than other preventable health conditions, but findings concerning the effects of violence during pregnancy on both maternal and foetal health have been inconsistent.

MethodsA retrospective population-based cohort study was undertaken using linked data from the Hospital Morbidity Data Collection and the Western Australian Midwives- Notification System from 2002 to 2008. The aim was to determine the association between exposure to interpersonal violence during pregnancy and adverse maternal and foetal health outcomes at the population level.

ResultsA total of 468 pregnant women were hospitalised for an incident of interpersonal violence during the study period, and 3,744 randomly selected pregnant women were included as the comparison group. The majority of violent events were perpetrated by the pregnant women-s partner or spouse. Pregnant Indigenous women were over-represented accounting for 67% of all hospitalisations due to violence and their risk of experiencing adverse maternal outcomes was significantly increased compared to non-Indigenous women adjusted odds ratio 1.53, 95% CI 1.21 to 1.95, p = 0.01. Pregnant women hospitalised for an incident of interpersonal violence sustained almost double the risk for adverse maternal complications than the non-exposed group 95% CI 1.34 to 2.18, p < 0.001. The overall risk for adverse foetal complications for pregnant women exposed to violence was increased two-fold 95% CI 1.50 to 2.76, p < 0.001.

ConclusionsThe risk of adverse health outcomes for both the mother and the baby increases if a pregnant woman is hospitalised for an incident of interpersonal violence during pregnancy.

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Author: Lynn B Meuleners - Andy H Lee - Patti A Janssen - Michelle L Fraser

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