Women deserve access to the best quality care during pregnancy and labour, but also respectful care. Globally, however, many women experience disrespectful, abusive or neglectful treatment during childbirth.
Over 20 years ago, a nationwide campaign entitled “Childbirth with Dignity” changed the face of maternal care in Poland. Polish women shared their childbirth stories and began advocating for respectful maternal care.
The Childbirth with Dignity Foundation was born, and fundamentally changed the health system in Poland including how women were treated during pregnancy and labour. Childbirth became a more intimate and family experience, and women were allowed visitors, and enjoyed immediate contact with their baby following birth. Importantly, perinatal and maternal health in Poland has significantly improved since women began advocating for respectful care; infant mortality has dropped from 1 in 66 in 1990, to 1 in 222 in 2013.
Read more about the initiative here.