“Even when you account for ethnicity, substance misuse, smoking – an out-of-home [situation] or housing instability leads to a low birth-weight baby.”

 

Being pregnant whilst homeless throws up a unique set of challenges. Pregnant women who become homeless have priority need for accommodation, according to government guidance, but problems often arise in the process of receiving that accommodation; and the standard and location of the accommodation is often inadequate for their needs.

 


Suzanne Reynolds (Specialist Midwife for Homeless & Migrant Women, University Hospitals Birmingham) presents: “You shouldn’t have to feel you’re pushing your pregnancy aside”: A qualitative study exploring women’s reflections on becoming homeless during pregnancy. All the women she spoke to during her study were still homeless at the time of giving birth. She presents their experiences at the Maternity & Midwifery Festival.

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