Nursing Practice Strategies for Prenatal Care of Homeless Pregnant Women

Heather Azarmehr, Kathy Lowry, Amber Sherman, Claire Smith, Julie A. Zuñiga

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Women who are homeless are less likely to receive preconception care or prenatal care in the first trimester, and they tend to have fewer prenatal visits overall than their housed counterparts. Homelessness during pregnancy can increase the risk for many maternal, fetal, and neonatal complications. Barriers to proper prenatal care can be categorized as logistical, psychosocial, intellectual, and attitudinal. Although all women face potential barriers to optimal care, women who are homeless are particularly vulnerable and experience these barriers to a greater degree. Nursing strategies for prenatal care of homeless pregnant women include therapeutic communication, focused assessment, and upstream interdisciplinary approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)489-498
Number of pages10
JournalNursing for Women's Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2018


  • barriers
  • focused assessment
  • homeless
  • homelessness
  • pregnancy
  • prenatal care
  • therapeutic communication
  • upstream interdisciplinary approaches

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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