EXPOSURE TO ABUSE AND VIOLENCE
The issue of violence seems to be more common than is often thought. Any violence or abuse experienced by a pregnant woman affects the unborn child. Whether it is physical violence, emotional or psychological abuse, verbal abuse, financial, social, sexual abuse, or being ridiculed for religious or spiritual beliefs, it is all a form of violence that affects the unborn child. If you find yourself in this situation, ask for help, for yourself and for the health of the baby. Find a local help line, or someone that has resources to help you change your situation in whatever way necessary.
 Healthy Beginnings. The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario 2005
Sleeping girl by Rembrandt van Rijn