Prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse during childbirth
Greater support from governments and development partners for research and action
Greater support is needed for further research on defining and measuring disrespect and abuse in public and private facilities worldwide, and to better understand its impact on women’s health experiences and choices. Evidence on the effectiveness and implementation of interventions in different contexts is required to provide the necessary technical guidance to governments and health-care service providers
What others are doing
Some governments and development partners have already initiated activities on reducing disrespectful practices and promoting respectful care during childbirth.
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Examples of laws on "obstetric violence" from Argentina, Porto Rico and Venezuela
Maternal Health and Respectful Maternity Care – A fact sheet (2014)
Wilson Centre Event: Addressing Disrespect and Abuse During Childbirth – A maternal health initiative (2013) to bring awareness to the issues surrounding disrespect and abuse of birthing mothers.
From ‘culture of dehumanization of childbirth’ to ‘childbirth as a transformative experience’: changes in five municipalities in north-east Brazil –
Exploring Evidence for Disrespect and Abuse in Facility-Based Childbirth
Obstetric violence: A new legal term introduced in Venezuela
Organic Law on Women’s Right to a Violence-free Life
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