All Women Deserve Respectful Maternity Care

No matter where you are, pregnancy and labor can be trying. The least women deserve is dignity through the process.

Jhpiego
Jhpiego
May 17, 2016 · 4 min read

Respectful maternity care is not an option. It is not a luxury awarded only to women in certain geographies or demographic groups. It is a right.

All women deserve care that respects their basic dignity, privacy, and autonomy. The United Nations, World Health Organization, European Convention on Human Rights, and countries across the globe are in agreement: respectful maternity care is a basic human right. Here’s what that means.

These women miss out on the opportunity for skilled care at birth — one of the most important factors in the health and survival of the mother and child.

“There is a human impact when women experience that basic right of respectful maternity care — it transforms them,” said Feroza Mushtari, a Midwifery and Nursing Manager at Jhpiego, an international health non-profit. “I met a mother at a postnatal check-up recently in a remote district facility [in Afghanistan], and this was the first time she had met a midwife who had treated her with dignity. She felt for the first time in her motherhood — despite already having two children — that she had a right to be treated respectfully.

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