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Transcript Program hopes to heip battered pregnant women The three sat down and wrote c FANTASTIC FLYER' By BARBARA KARKABI Houston Chronicle Anne Helton was a student nurse working in an emergency room, when she first encountered a severely battered woman. Helton was appalled. But she was even more shocked by the attitudes of the other doctors and nurses she worked with. They advised her not to get involved because the woman would probably just return to her husband. She admits this is a pattern battered women have, but Helton also believes it indicates a problem with health-care professionals. "We're used to quick successes. And were also not trained to deal with that kind of a situation," Helton said. "It's a health issue that's been minimized or ignored. All we do is treat the symptoms." When a close relative was battered while she was pregnant and miscarried as a result, Helton saw what she went through. Her husband was a physician and no one could believe he had beaten her, or that it was as bad as she said — even though she had a broken nose, black eyes and miscarried. Because of her interest, Helton began volunteering at the Houston Area Women's Center, where she encountered an increasing number of battered pregnant women at the shelter. Although Helton was convinced it was a bigger problem than people realized, she knew the women who made their way to thie shelter were only one part of the story. Since she was also working on her master's in community health nursing at Texas Women's University, Helton decided to do a prevalence 'study on battering during pregnancy for her thesis. Her study focused on pregnant women because they were accessible for questioning outside their homes. During a three-month period, Helton interviewed 290 pregnant women between the ages of 18 and 43, at various clinics around the city. Her final results indicated that 23 percent had been battered before or during pregnancy, 9 percent had behavior suggestive of battering and another 4 percent were threatened with battering. 'Not one woman was offended by the questions. The non-battered women were very supportive and glad someone was looking into the problem. Only two refused to answer, and that was because their husbands were present and wouldn't allow it," she said. "The most common response was deep sighs and a reaching out and sharing years of abuse." After finishing her study, Helton simply didn't want to turn her back on the problem. So, she and her advisers. Elizabeth Anderson and Judith McFarlane, decided to try and get the March of Dimes involved in a prevention program. grant that MOD funded at $60,000. The three-year campaign is aimed at health-care professionals, the general public and, eventually, secondary schools. Pregnancy is one of the times a woman has contact outside her immediate family circle. It can be an opportunity for a physician or nurse to intervene, if they have the proper skills, Helton said. They may also be able to help the batterers so they can stop their cycle of violence. "We spend lots of time screening pregnant women for hypertension, diabetes and cancer, but not for battering, and that can be the most dangerous thing they may face," she explained. "In this case we're not just looking at the effects on one life, but on two." Some of the indications that battering is taking place include: • A tendency to miss appointments. • Constant depression or remarks such as, "My husband is so jealous." • Abdominal pain or unaccountable bruises. To help doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals deal with the problem, the three women have prepared an abuse assessment sheet. It includes a body map to show where the woman was last hit. Helton believes everyone needs to be asked the questions, just as everyone is screened for physical illness. In the past, she said, health-care professionals have been afraid to ask the questions because they haven't known what to do if the woman said yes. Besides giving out the numbers of shelters, Helton said doctors and nurses can be helpful in other ways: • Be supportive and listen. That alone can help a woman through a particular situation. • If she wants to get out, help her. • If she wants to chronicle abuse, provide her with a calendar. • Act as an advocate. Be there to help get her through the red tape. • Assess for injuries if she's battered. She may have a concussion and still be trying to take care of home and family. The three women say that local shelters are beginning to get more referrals from health-care providers, and they feel it is at least partially due to their program. A nurse practitioner at Hermann Hospital requested a student nurse visit the home of a battered pregnant woman who had come to the emergency room one night. "She had recently seen the slide show and was able to detect the problem. So, word is beginning to get out," Helton said. "There is so much in our profession that cant be prevented — but this is something that can really be dealt with. Health-care professionals have not been in the forefront on this issue, but it is changing." Isn't it? Created by Phyllis. Page 1 is the flyer, blank on one side so that you can detach it and attach it to a bulletin board. Better yet, make copies and distribute them. Ae especially need copies placed in hospitals and doctor's offices. There are lots of extra copies ready. If you want some, call Phyllis - 944-0033 or Rusty - 488-5546. Let's start the season with the largest turnout ever for a program meeting. Let people know that NOW is alive, well, and still fighting for equality.1 MUSICAL CONCERT Phoenix Wheeler (former BANOW president) has this announcement: Herland Sister Resources presents an unforgettable evening in the Civic Center Little Theatre (downtown Oklahoma City). A musical concert variety of the unique sounds of Casselberry-Dupr^e. Sunday, September 7, 4:00 p.m. And she offers a special deal for people from the Houston area: One Free Ticket to the driver of any vehicle which transports at least 3 concert goers (driver counts as 1 of the 3). 1/2 Price Ticket to all other riders in said vehicles. 1/2 Price Tickets to folks coming in vehicles with 2 or 1 concert goers or coming by public transportation. Free housing Saturday night (and Sunday if desired). Phoenix Wheeler - (405) 360-2585 P.O. Box 924, Norman, CK 73070