Safe Mom Safe Baby (SMSB) is an Abuse Response program that addresses the needs of pregnant women experiencing domestic violence. Our nurse case manager provides guidance that makes a positive impact on pregnant women and their newborns. Every survivor’s healing journey is unique, which is why we consider each woman’s unique needs and circumstances. We then tailor prenatal and perinatal care and advocacy services to enhance the health and safety of pregnant survivors and improve birth outcomes.
One-on-one support from our nurse case manager may include:
- Eliminating barriers to care
- Helping survivors build a support network
- Increasing personal safety
- Coordination with community resources
- Home visits
- Assistance accessing prenatal care
- Referrals to other services
The SMSB program was introduced at Aurora Medical Center – Sheboygan County in 2018 and supported three woman that year. In 2021, the program served 18 women, providing seven women with intensive support to increase their safety and the safety of their babies. All seven women who received intensive support displayed improved safety behaviors because of their participation in the program. Five women involved in the program delivered their babies in 2021. Through this support all five participants who gave birth in 2021 were able to reach full-term and their babies were within normal birth weight ranges.