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Rights Violations

A person does not lose their fundamental human rights when they become pregnant. Every human being, regardless of their pregnancy status, has the following rights:

Every day HRiC receives violations reports from around the globe. We are compiling these stories to raise awareness of the routine violation against women in birth. Soon, you will be able to read full accounts, right here. If you have a personal story you'd like to share, please fill out this form. We hear some common stories from women who endured myriad wrongs during their pregnancies and births.

Violations take on many forms:

  • Physical abuse includes things like non-consented force, restraint, unnecessary procedures including episiotomy, and failure to provide pain relief.
  • Disrespect involves things like verbal abuse, bullying, blaming, humiliation, reprimands, and ‘shroud-waving.’
  • Non-confidential care holds little regard for unauthorized revelation of personal details, physical exposure, and lack of respect for religious or personal modesty.
  • Non-consented care might mean that procedures were performed without adequate information or dialogue to enable autonomous decision-making, or that there was undue pressure to make specific clinical choices.
  • Misinformed care involves biased, non-transparent clinical information, disabling women from giving true informed consent.
  • Depersonalized care means there was an inflexible application of institutional policy, and / or failure to take into account women’s individual circumstances, including around companionship of choice.
  • Discriminatory care is unequal treatment based on personal attributes such as age, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and disability.
  • Abandonment of care includes refusal to provide care due to inability to pay or birth choices outside of expected guidelines.

Share Your Story

Sharing stories is a critical way to raise awareness of human rights violations in childbirth. Any time someone does something to you or your baby without your consent, it is a violation of your human rights.

Examples of violations include, but are not limited to:

  • Inability to access needed care
  • Denial of informed consent and refusal
  • Experiencing discrimination or unequal treatment
  • Being threatened or bullied into compliance
  • Having an intervention or procedure imposed on you against your will
  • Being punished for exercising your rights to make decisions about yourself or your baby
  • Denial of care or abandonment by your provider or the healthcare system

Have you experienced a violation of your human rights in childbirth?  Did something happen to you that might fit into one of the categories above? Please share your story with us by filling out the box below.

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Rights Violations

A person does not lose their fundamental human rights when they become pregnant. Every human being, regardless of their pregnancy status, has the following rights:

Every day HRiC receives violations reports from around the globe. We are compiling these stories to raise awareness of the routine violation against women in birth. Soon, you will be able to read full accounts, right here. If you have a personal story you'd like to share, please fill out this form. We hear some common stories from women who endured myriad wrongs during their pregnancies and births.

Violations take on many forms:

  • Physical abuse includes things like non-consented force, restraint, unnecessary procedures including episiotomy, and failure to provide pain relief.
  • Disrespect involves things like verbal abuse, bullying, blaming, humiliation, reprimands, and ‘shroud-waving.’
  • Non-confidential care holds little regard for unauthorized revelation of personal details, physical exposure, and lack of respect for religious or personal modesty.
  • Non-consented care might mean that procedures were performed without adequate information or dialogue to enable autonomous decision-making, or that there was undue pressure to make specific clinical choices.
  • Misinformed care involves biased, non-transparent clinical information, disabling women from giving true informed consent.
  • Depersonalized care means there was an inflexible application of institutional policy, and / or failure to take into account women’s individual circumstances, including around companionship of choice.
  • Discriminatory care is unequal treatment based on personal attributes such as age, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and disability.
  • Abandonment of care includes refusal to provide care due to inability to pay or birth choices outside of expected guidelines.

Share Your Story

Sharing stories is a critical way to raise awareness of human rights violations in childbirth. Any time someone does something to you or your baby without your consent, it is a violation of your human rights.

Examples of violations include, but are not limited to:

  • Inability to access needed care
  • Denial of informed consent and refusal
  • Experiencing discrimination or unequal treatment
  • Being threatened or bullied into compliance
  • Having an intervention or procedure imposed on you against your will
  • Being punished for exercising your rights to make decisions about yourself or your baby
  • Denial of care or abandonment by your provider or the healthcare system

Have you experienced a violation of your human rights in childbirth?  Did something happen to you that might fit into one of the categories above? Please share your story with us by filling out the box below.

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Condividi la tua storia di violazione dei diritti

Le persone non perdono i loro fondamentali diritti umani durante lo stato di gravidanza. Ogni essere umano, a prescindere del suo stato di gravidanza, ha i seguenti diritti:

Ogni giorno HRiC riceve da tutto il mondo racconti sulle violazioni dei diritti subite durante il parto. Stiamo raccogliendo queste storie per aumentare la consapevolezza sulle continue violazioni perpetuate contro le donne nel parto. Presto avrete la possibilità di leggere tutti i resoconti su questo sito. Se avete una storia personale di violenza che vorreste condividere, vi preghiamo di compilare questo modulo. Abbiamo occasione di sentire storie comuni da parte delle donne che hanno subito molteplici violazioni dei loro diritti durante la gravidanza e il parto.

Le violenze possono assumere forme diverse:

  • Abuso fisico: include l'uso di forza non acconsentito, reclusione o contenimento forzato di qualsiasi tipo, procedure non necessarie,inclusa l'episiotomia, e fallimento nel provvedere al sollievo dal dolore.
  • Mancato rispetto: include l'abuso verbale, bullismo, atti accusatori, umiliazione, rimproveri e prospettare mali terribili.
  • Mancato rispetto della privacy durante l'assistenza: si verifica quando viene posto poco riguardo nella rivelazione dei dettagli personali, nell'esposizione fisica della persona e quando viene negato il rispetto del senso di pudore legato a motivi religiosi o personali.
  • Assistenza eseguita senza consenso: quando le procedure mediche sono state eseguite senza adeguata informazione o dialogo che potesse consentire un processo decisionale autonomo oppure quando la persona ha subito pressioni per effettuare determinate scelte cliniche.
  • Disinformazione nell'assistenza: include informazioni cliniche faziose e non trasparenti che non consentono alla donna di esprimere consenso informato valido.
  • Depersonalizzazione dell'assistenza: significa che la politica istituzionale è stata applicata in modo inflessibile e/o vi è stata la mancata considerazione delle circostanze individuali delle donne, inclusa la scelta sull'accompagnamento durante il parto.
  • Assistenza discriminatoria: significa trattamento ineguale basato su attributi personali quali l'età, la razza, l'orientamento sessuale, lo stato socio-economico e disabilità.
  • Abbandono dell'assistenza: include il rifiuto di prestare l'assistenza dovuto all'impossibilità della partoriente di pagare oppure all'espressione da parte della donna delle scelte che vanno al di fuori dei protocolli.

Se i vostri diritti sono stati violati e vorreste condividere con noi la vostra storia, vi preghiamo di compilare questo modulo.

Condividi la tua storia di violazione dei diritti

La condivisione delle storie personali è cruciale per stimolare la consapevolezza sulla violazione dei diritti umani nel parto e nella nascita.

Ogni volta che qualcuno fa qualcosa a voi o al vostro bambino senza il vostro consenso, si tratta di una violazione dei vostri diritti umani.

Esempi di violazioni includono:

  • Diniego del consenso informato o del rifiuto
  • Essere minacciate o costrette all’accondiscendenza
  • Subire un intervento o procedura contro la vostra volontà
  • Essere punite per aver esercitato i vostri diritti in relazione alle decisioni che riguardano voi stesse o il vostro bambino
  • Rifiuto di cura

Avete subito una violazione dei vostri diritti umani nel parto? Vi è successo qualcosa che potrebbe rientrare negli esempi elencati sopra? Raccontateci le vostre storie compilando il modulo sottostante.

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