International Confederation Of Midwives Calls For Woman-Centered, Compassionate Maternal Care Worldwide, Lead Adviser Writes
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Ann Yates, lead midwife adviser for the International Confederation of Midwives
“…Evidence is mounting that disrespect and abuse in maternity care is a global problem. … Woman-centered, compassionate maternal health care needs to become the international standard. … The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) is taking a stand against disrespect in childbirth and will be reconfirming its commitment to quality care by midwives for women at a summit in Nairobi next week, which marks the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development. … We are calling on national health ministers to create policies that prioritize respectful maternity care and highlight that the responsibility of care lies with the health care provider and individual professionals. … ICM calls on the World Health Organization, U.N. Women, and other global stakeholders to set up a respectful maternity care council and framework whereby countries are investigated and rated according to their treatment of expectant mothers during childbirth…” (11/6).