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Exploring Evidence for Disrespect and Abuse in Facility-Based Childbirth: Report of a Landscape Analysis

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

In March 2010, TRAction convened a meeting of governmental and non-governmental public health and human rights organizations active in the area of maternal heath to review the topic of respectful and disrespectful birth care, including abusive maternal care. The participants recommended a landscape review of the evidence with regard to major categories and drivers of facility-based abusive maternal care. Based on a review of the published and gray literature, individual interviews with nine expert informants and structured group discussions, a theoretical framework was developed and seven categories of disrespect and abuse were identified.

This report is a review of the evidence on the topic of disrespect and abuse in facility-based childbirth. It was produced on September 20, 2010 by Diana Bowser, Sc.D., M.P.H., Kathleen Hill, M.D. / USAID-TRAction Project, Harvard School of Public Health, University Research Co., LLC

 

This landscape analysis presents evidence for disrespect and abuse in facility-based childbirth. A theoretical framework was developed and seven categories of disrespect and abuse were identified: physical abuse, non-confidential care, non-consented care, non-dignified care, abandonment/neglect, discrimination, and unfair requests for payment.

Bowser, D., and Hill, K. USAID-TRAction Project. Harvard School of Public Health, University Research Co., LLC, 2010

 

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