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For Baby's Sake

Domestic violence and abuse (DVA) in pregnancy is a significant public health issue, with poor physical and mental health outcomes for both women and children. For Baby’s Sake, developed by the Stefanou Foundation, is a whole family approach that addresses the cycles of DVA and seeks to improve mental health and parent child attachment. Mothers and fathers with identified DVA sign up to the programme during pregnancy. Both parents receive intensive therapeutic support throughout the perinatal period, including support to overcome the impact of their own traumatic adverse childhood experiences.

The Stefanou Foundation commissioned King’s College London to undertake an independent evaluation of the programme. The evaluation is collecting process-related data, data on the outcomes of families in the programme and data on the views and experiences of staff and stakeholders.

Process-related data includes charting the characteristics of families taking part in the programme; establishing fidelity measures to map the balance and content of the sessions; charting staff capacity and skills to deliver the programme; and examining the success of the integration of the programme within the two localities. Interviews are being conducted with staff and key stakeholders at the start, middle and end of the evaluation to establish their views and experiences of the programme. Interviews are also being conducted with families on the programme to chart their experiences and to measure their outcomes over time.

Click on the posters below to see early data from the evaluation.


      WAIMH KT poster 2018                WAIMH JD poster 2018


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