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Achieving ‘Respectful’ Care For Mothers, Infants Will Require Discussions On Underlying Causes Of Abuse

The Lancet: Achieving respectful care for women and babies
Editorial Board

“April 11 is the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights, which aims to encourage rights-based, respectful care of women during pregnancy and childbirth. … Such an initiative is sadly necessary. Every woman should have the right to dignity, respect, and skilled care during pregnancy and childbirth but not every woman receives it. Evidence is growing about the disrespect and abuse women can face when accessing maternity care in countries at all levels of development. … An international day can raise awareness about the need to provide respectful care for women and babies, but achieving it in reality will need deep soul searching and discussion about the underlying causes of abuse, including health system pressures and the culture of maternity care” (4/11).

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