Monday, March 31, 2014

Definition of obstetric violence/Definición de violencia obstétrica

Lecture by Dr. Amali Lokugamage at the RCOG World Congress 2014 in India.

Obstetric violence  
"Obstetric violence is the act of disregarding the authority and autonomy that women have over their own sexuality, their bodies, their babies and in their birth experiences.
"It is also the act of disregarding the spontaneity, the positions, the rhythm and the times the labour requires in order to progress normally when there is no need for intervention.
"It is also the act of disregarding the emotional needs of mother and baby throughout the whole [childbearing] process"

This video was prepared by Jesusa Ricoy-Olariaga .

Further comment and discussion at villagemidwife blog

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