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An analysis of the Life: Housing initiative in relation to the health needs of pregnant women experiencing homelessness

An analysis of the Life: Housing initiative in relation to the health needs of pregnant women experiencing homelessness

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An essay for the 2012 Undergraduate Awards Competition by Judith Smyth. Originally submitted for BSc in Midwifery Studies at None, with lecturer Mrs Gail Anderson in the category of Nursing & Midwifery
An essay for the 2012 Undergraduate Awards Competition by Judith Smyth. Originally submitted for BSc in Midwifery Studies at None, with lecturer Mrs Gail Anderson in the category of Nursing & Midwifery

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0The Role of the Health Professional in Public Health
An analysis of the Life: Housing initiative in relation to the health needs of pregnant women experiencing homelessness
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1AbstractHomelessness in Northern Ireland is increasing each year with 2009-2010statistics stating that 18,664 households presented as homeless (Northern Ireland.Department for Social Development, 2010). Pregnancy is not stated in this source as areason for homelessness; however, it can be an attributing cause. Domestic violencecontributes to 18% of the homeless statistics and with 30% of domestic violencebeginning in pregnancy (Lewis and Drife, 2005), there is a clear link in these results.Elsewhere, teenage birth rates account for 5.6% of total live births in Northern Ireland(Family Planning Agency, 2010). These pregnancies can result in a loss of accommodation with family, intimidation or harassment, or unsuitable accommodation,resulting in homelessness.Defining vulnerability is a challenge as everyone feels or becomes vulnerable atdifferent times of their lives depending on their social, political, historical or culturalcontext (Larkin, 2009). Vulnerable groups include those feeling marginalized, sociallyexcluded, or those with limited opportunities and income (Larkin, 2009). Pregnantwomen who find themselves homeless are extremely vulnerable as they face physical andpsychological problems, as well as inequalities in health. Lack of, or substandard,housing can have a serious effect on maternal and infant health. Therefore, thisassignment will look at
 Life: Housing
, a healthcare initiative which involves midwives toaddress the health needs for this vulnerable group.
 Life: Housing
, a government fundedinitiative,
 
was established in 1980 by a midwife to provide care and support for pregnantwomen and women with a child less than 5 years old experiencing homelessness byproviding accommodation and services when women are at their most vulnerable. This
 
2assignment will analyse how this initiative meets the needs of this vulnerable group, howit incorporates the key principles of public health, participation, collaboration and equity,the role of the midwife in this initiative, and if the initiative encourages communitydevelopment or the social capital theory.Homelessness has been a social problem for centuries, and like vulnerability, it isa broad concept as it includes not only those without a house, but those living inunsuitable or substandard accommodation, those at risk of violence within the home, orthose living in overcrowded conditions. It is clear that homelessness has adverse affects
on the health of an individual. Therefore, it is the midwife’s responsibility to be a public
health practitioner and support pregnant women who are experiencing homelessness. TheRoyal College of Midwives
(2001) stated in their position paper on the midwife’s role in
public health that public health should aim to address the health needs of populations andbring together all factors which can shape and influence the health of an individual andthe community. Public health is an integral role for a midwife and the Midwifery2020report (2010) states that embracing a greater public health role will require vision fromindividual midwives and a commitment to the task. They need to be dedicated andcommit to the role of coordinator of care in order to identify vulnerable pregnant womensuffering from homelessness.

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