Ms. Gita Jaglal-Bankay, Medical Social Worker I, continued her Domestic Violence Series in the County Caroni area by conducting a lecture at the Couva District Health Facility on February 7th, 2019 targeting young Antenatal clients most of whom were below the age of 25.
During her presentation, Ms. Jaglal-Bankay highlighted that females 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of non-fatal intimate partner violence and women who have been abused before getting pregnant are at a higher risk of violence during pregnancy. In addition, teenage pregnancy is linked to increased rates of domestic violence especially in cases where young women are in relationships with older men.
Ms. Jaglal-Bankay in addressing approximately 20 young mothers explained that women who are abused during pregnancy may be at an increased risk of having underweight babies. These mothers may find their babies more difficult to comfort and care for and often have trouble sleeping and feeding due to the increased levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, in both mothers and babies during the antenatal stages. The babies may also have developmental delays in speech and mobility.
The antenatal clients were given vital information and advice on who they can reach out to if they or anyone they know are victims of domestic violence. Ms. Jaglal-Bankay distributed educational material at the end of the lecture on different topics pertaining to physical, emotional and sexual abuse.
The next presentation will take place at the Tabaquite Health Centre on February 12th, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.
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