And yet, every day, we receive reports from women around the globe that their human rights have been violated during childbirth. From denial of pain relief and support during labour to episiotomies, cesareans, and other interventions performed despite the mother’s objection.
Women should not be coerced into compliance, through threats that medical care will be completely withheld or that their children will be taken away by social services. Women should not have to travel across state and country borders to find support in childbirth. And doctors and midwives should not be persecuted for providing rights-based maternity care.
We believe that much suffering can be prevented through the clarification and upholding of the fundamental human rights of birthing women. And we are committed to promoting those rights, in law and practice, until they become a reality for birthing women everywhere.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Posted by Elena Skoko at 1:03 PM