Working With Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivors During Pregnancy, Labor, and Birth

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Abstract

It is estimated that approximately 27% of women have a history of childhood sexual abuse. Long-term effects of this abuse include physical and psychologic consequences that can affect the pregnant woman during the prenatal, antenatal, and postpartum periods. Careful screening of all pregnant women and specific interventions during examinations and procedures can help survivors of childhood sexual abuse experience childbearing as healing and empowering. Care providers who are survivors of such abuse can better serve their patients by working therapeutically on their own healing.

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