FRANCE. The painful journey of pregnant homeless women in the street.

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1/ The painful journey of pregnant homeless women in the street.

▶ «The 115 for cradle?» With this question, the Abbé-Pierre Foundation warns the public authorities and denounces, in its 21st Report devoted to poor housing in France, the situation of many pregnant and precarious women in France.

«We regret the lack of follow-up upstream of the pregnancy and a lack of suitable housing for leaving the maternity ward», summarizes Manuel Domergue, director of studies at the Abbé-Pierre Foundation.

▶ In France, 40 % of homeless persons (in accommodation, makeshift shelters, hotels, etc.) are women. 5 % are totally homeless, sleeping rough in the street.

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2/ The French Maternity Hospitals are confronted «more and more regularly to the cases of mothers in precarious situation who give birth and who have neither a roof, nor a shelter, at the exit of the maternity», alert the Hospitals of Paris.

▶ Out of 12 Maternities, 11 Maternities are located in Ile-de-France.

▶ In Ile-de-France, at least 2,400 women found themselves in this situation in 2017. This figure is up from previous years (2,000 in 2016) and these are only partial estimates, says the Regional Health Agency.

▶ The mothers of these children and these children who are born need emergency housing for their physical, mental and psychological health.

=> Learn more : A baby ? No roof. Homeless women in the street.

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