Safe Mom, Safe Baby
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a significant risk factor for maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. Stress is a key factor in the pathway to preterm birth and stress can be exacerbated by money, work, relationships, health, abuse, safety and racism. IPV victims are 1.4 times more likely to have a low birth weight baby. Increased screening for IPV among this population can lead to disclosure and then women can be connected to support services that promote safety planning and adoption of risk-reducing behaviors. The Safe Mom, Safe Baby program has developed an evidence-based, collaborative model for providing sensitive and effective services to pregnant women experiencing IPV in Milwaukee and the program recently was awarded continued funding to expand their program over the next three years.
Pregnant and postpartum women ages 19-40 in the Milwaukee area who are in abusive relationships.
June 2005-March 2011
Kramer, A. (2007). Stages of Change: Surviving Intimate Partner Violence During and After Pregnancy. J. Perinat Neonat Nurs, 21(4):285-295.
Tran, P., Kramer, A., Watts, T., Doucette-Wilkinson, N., Bergstrom, J. (2009). Safe Mom, Safe Baby Program Evaluation. Poster, Population Health Sciences in Wisconsin & Beyond – Providing Evidence for Clinical Practice and Public Health, Madison, WI (August).
The Wisconsin Partnership Fund for a Healthy Future
Aurora Health Care
Alice Kramer, MS, RN, CEN
Tina Watts, RN
Task Force on Family Violence
JoEl Demant, MSW, LCSW
UW School of Medicine and Public Health
Tina Mason, MD, MPH, FACOG
Jacquelynn Tillett, CNM, ND, FACNM
Center for Urban Population Health
Jessica Bergstrom, MPH
Melissa Lemke, MA
Paula Tran, BS