Study: 42% of women experience physical or verbal abuse or discrimination during childbirth
Forms and forms of violence that women face daily, in different parts of the world, with different cultures, scientific, social and material levels, but one of the forms of this violence is sometimes experienced by women without realizing it, as violence during childbirth is a global phenomenon, practiced against women at caesarean delivery or Natural.
Money and “flat stomach”
Three medical reports in the medical journal The Lancet reveal the alarmingly high rates of cesarean deliveries worldwide.
In the last 30 years, the number of caesarean deliveries has more than tripled, from about 6% of all births to 21%.
It is assumed that a cesarean delivery is the last solution, not the first option, as it can increase the chance of death by at least 60%, and in some circumstances it reaches 70%, according to studies.
It can also lead to a woman’s risk of life-threatening complications during childbirth, such as bleeding, uterine rupture, hysterectomy and cardiac arrest by about 5 times, and this risk is higher in subsequent deliveries.
But the financial difference between natural childbirth and caesarean section makes some health service providers prefer caesarean section according to some studies, which prompted the team of study researchers to propose equal wages in hospitals when performing natural birth or cesarean delivery to reduce these rates.
The majority of women undergo, at least once, the process of childbearing, and despite the labor pains that the woman suffers, some of them have a perception or perception that natural childbirth, despite its pain and hardship, is easier and safer.
Many are not aware of their systematic violence, disrespect, and ill-treatment during natural childbirth in public and private facilities around the world.
Because neglect, physical abuse and disrespect during childbirth is a form of violence against women, and it is a frequent case that occurs in various parts of the world, the World Health Organization has defined this type of violence as “the seizure of a woman’s body by health workers, in the form of Inhuman treatment, arbitrary medicalization, as well as pathological imparting of natural processes, including a woman’s loss of independence and the ability to freely make decisions about her body and sexuality, which has negative consequences on a woman’s quality of life.
Punching, slapping and screaming … it’s a natural birth
Abuse of women during childbirth, also known as violence in childbirth, is a universal term that has aroused the interest of international organizations, and medical researchers, so that the World Health Organization, UNICEF and a number of international organizations conducted a joint study on the matter, and concluded that about 42% of Women, in the report, said that they were subjected to physical or verbal abuse or discrimination during childbirth in health centers, with some women being punched, slapped and screaming in the face, mocked, or pressured by force.
There are many forms of violence in natural childbirth practiced all over the world, including developed countries, according to the study, between the use of force such as pressure on the abdomen, concealment of information about the woman, lack of access to any pain reliever, and also excessive or inappropriate touching during childbirth or when anesthesia. .
The study indicates that childbirth violence, in addition to violence in the field of gynecology, is a form of abuse that affects women exclusively, and tends to be under the rug because it is still a forbidden subject, so that women themselves, always, do not realize that their experiences in Natural childbirth can be considered an abuse.
Women may not really realize that what they are exposed to during childbirth is called violence, but Caroline Malatesta realized this and demanded that her right be taken and her rehabilitation be taken, and it was.
In 2014, “Caroline” was the American woman preparing to receive her fourth child, and she decided that she wanted to give birth in a more natural way, as she wanted to give up the medication and avoid lying on her back.
Her birth plan was unconventional by modern standards, so she chose to have the baby at Brookwood Health Center who openly announced that they would follow whatever birth plan the mother put in place.
Caroline developed a precisely defined birth plan, according to what she said in an article she wrote for Birthmonopoly, in which she tells her full experience.
She was fascinated by the idea of being able to move around the room during labor, avoiding anesthesia during childbirth, medication to speed up labor, and using the traditional birthing position instead of lying on her back and hanging her feet.
When the moment came to give birth, “Caroline” discovered the contradiction between marketing and reality, as the nurse did not allow her to move during labor as she had previously agreed with her doctor, but rather forced her to lie on her back, and when she did not agree to submit, the nurses used muscle strength to keep her lying down and stabilize her foot on the bed He joined her left foot to her chest against her will, in a “power struggle” as Caroline described it.
Caroline was injured and suffered chronic pain called “pudendal neuralgia” and was diagnosed with PTSD, which forced her to file a lawsuit against the hospital, according to Healthyway.
After two years of litigation, the court ruled unanimously by the jury to pay Caroline $ 16 million in damages for the violence inflicted on her by medical care providers.
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