During our Indiegogo Fundraiser, we created a blogger challenge. We know why we support HRiC but we wanted to hear from everyone else! We have received some amazing responses back and are sharing them on our blog. We have also been working hard and have added several perks to our campaign. Here are a few excerpts from the bloggers challenge:
“In 1978 the c-section rate for obese women wasn’t any higher than an average size woman. Currently the c-section rate for women of size is near 50%. Women’s bodies haven’t changed within the past 30 years but society has perpetuated the notion that it is okay to shame obese individuals. … Within my work I’ve heard countless stories of women being discriminated against by their care providers.” ~ Jen
“As someone who has traveled throughout many countries in rural Eastern and Western Africa I have a deep appreciation for the maternal struggles that many women in developing nations face. … Human Rights in Childbirth is an issue that impacts us all because we all owe so much to mothers everywhere.” ~ Roxane
“The “war on women” does not end when a pregnancy is carried to term. We have many laws and medical customs that restrict a woman’s basic human right to have control over her own body. … How can there be bodily autonomy when woman can only access certain types of care? ” ~ Anna
“The stories I hear from the women I work with every day, midwives and doulas working on the ‘front lines’ of birth, are heartbreaking and horrifying. It’s unconscionable to me that women, in the midst of one of the greatest transformations they will experience as a human being, giving birth and becoming a mother, are treated roughly or even aggressively by nurses and doctors — bullied, cut and emerging from their birth experience physically and emotionally scarred for years.” ~ Stephanie
“I support Human Rights in Childbirth because I never again want to have to listen to a first time Mom telling me: “But next time – next time I’ll know better and I’ll not let them do it to me again. This time I didn’t know any better and I didn’t believe those who tried to tell me. I thought: ‘But the care providers are the experts, they know birth and they know so much better what is right and they would surely never do me or my baby any harm?’ ..little did I know about the power of protocols….” ~ Katharina
Indiegogo Fundraiser Launch
In order to continue to develop our work, HRiC needs your support. Watch our campaign video below and check the sidebar for progress updates and a link to our indiegogo page. Please do what you can to help share it around the internet. Thank you so much for your continued support.
Who Makes the Decisions in Childbirth?
Everybody working in maternity care shares a common goal: healthy mothers, and healthy babies. Governments, NGOs, and providers are working around the world to help ensure that every mother and baby survives birth. But more is at stake in pregnancy and childbirth than survival alone, and obstetric models of care can either protect or violate the fundamental human rights of the women they serve. The care that women receive during pregnancy and childbirth intersects with the rights to physical integrity, self-determination, privacy, family life, and spiritual freedom.
Women do not lose their basic human rights once they become pregnant. And yet, across the globe, women’s human rights are compromised and violated around childbirth. Examinations, interventions and procedures that pose risks to both mothers and their babies are routinely performed without informed consent, or through coerced compliance via threats or fear. When women come out of childbirth with post-partum PTSD from disrespect, abuse, or obstetric violence, the goal of a “healthy mother and healthy baby” has not been met.
Every woman has the right to access the healthcare support that she, personally, needs for a healthy birth. Every woman has the right to be respected as the decision-maker about her own care and her baby’s care. Every healthcare system should be equipped to meet women’s individual needs and personal decisions around childbirth. HRiC is committed to supporting the efforts of individuals and organizations working all over the world to promote the fundamental human rights of pregnant people.