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Occupational therapists have an essential role in overcoming the gaps in maternal health care by providing the necessary support to both mothers and children. There is currently limited research on the unique needs of survivors of human trafficking who are mothers, especially their psychosocial needs. Survivors of human trafficking may experience severe trauma, physical violence, long-term emotional distress, and health problems. Therefore, it is essential that survivors of human trafficking are provided the appropriate resources, education, support, and guidance throughout the transition to motherhood and this life changing role. The program created for this population focuses on the occupational needs of survivors of human trafficking and the transition to motherhood and includes education/resources on topics such as maternal mental health, physical self-care, parenting skills, and healthy coping strategies. The purpose of this program is to ease early motherhood demands for survivors of human trafficking by providing trauma-informed care to support women’s overall health and well-being to ensure healthy child development.
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Medical Subject Headings
Human Trafficking, Survivors, Maternal Health, Psychological Trauma, Adaptation, Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy | Psychiatry and Psychology
Paul, Breann H.; Cohill, Becki; and MacDermott, Susan, "Occupation-Based Programming for Survivors of Human Trafficking" (2020). Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, Summer 2020. 5.