Who Makes the Decisions in Childbirth?
Who Is Looking Out for the Baby?
These are questions of legal authority and autonomy. These are questions of human rights.
The woman giving birth has the right to decide everything that happens to her body and her baby around childbirth. She has the right to be respected as the person most invested in the well-being of her unborn child, and the person with the authority to make decisions on its behalf. These are the fundamental human rights of the birthing woman. And yet, these rights are so commonly violated, that most women are not even aware that they have them.
The only way birthing women’s human rights will become a reality is if women stand up and demand them. And we are dedicated to support these women in their rise:
Welcome to the Human Rights in Childbirth Movement
Human Rights in Childbirth is a Hague-based international organization committed to political activism and legal advocacy for rights-based, evidence-based maternity care around the world. We are committed to the following goals:
1. Connecting people and organizations around the world who are working to investigate and advance human rights in childbirth.
2. Supporting dialogue amongst the stakeholders in health care systems, for the exploration of how to provide health care around childbirth that is safe, healthy and respectful.
3. Collecting and Sharing information about the law and facts relevant to HRiC.
4. Advocating for universal recognition of the fundamental human rights of birthing women and the realization of those rights in law and practice.
This is what we have to do to get the attention and gather that voice into a big strong voice.
Canadian birth activist Charity Pigeau,
Freedom for Birth