Exploring Evidence for Disrespect and Abuse in Facility-based Childbirth

Focus Areas: Maternal Health
Related Project: Translating Research into Action (TRAction)
Content Type: Published articles
Author(s): USAID TRAction-Project, Harvard School of Public Health University Research Co., LLC
Published: September 2010

This report is a review of the evidence on the topic of disrespect and abuse in facility-based childbirth. The primary purpose of the report is to review the evidence in published and gray literature with regard to the definition, scope, contributors, and impact of disrespect and abuse in childbirth, to review promising intervention approaches, and to identify gaps in the evidence. Despite the agreed importance among maternal health and human rights stakeholders of achieving respectful, non-abusive birth care for all women, there has been a relative lack of formal research around this topic.

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