Women have a right to survive childbirth, but it is not their only human right.
The Human Rights in Childbirth Global Conference in India will be held at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai from 2-5 February to 2017.
The event addresses how maternity care can optimize maternal and infant health outcomes in a respectful, culturally sensitive, human rights framework.
The Conference will convene a vibrant and interdisciplinary group of maternity care providers, public health professionals, lawyers, activists, policy makers and reproductive justice advocates and others interested in advancing respectful and evidence-based care.
Collaborators and participants will join the front edge of global efforts to eliminate disrespect and abuse in maternity care and ensure non-discriminatory access to care for every woman and baby.
This Conference will help evolve global maternity care policies and practices from the critical recognition that preventable maternal mortality is a human rights issue, toward recognition of the full spectrum of human rights at stake in childbirth.
Together, attendees will envision maternity care systems that attend to the healthcare needs and human rights of mothers, babies, families, and communities worldwide.
DAY 1 – VOICES OF WOMEN – 4, FEB 2017
Plenary Panel: Indian Maternity Care Development and Human Rights – is there a connection?
Panel 1 – Women’s Experience of Care – too little too late?
Panel 2 – Non-Discriminatory Access to Maternity Healthcare Services
Panel 3 – Womens’ Experience of Care – too much too soon?
DAY 2 – SYSTEMS OF CARE – 3, FEB 2017
Lancet: Maternal Health Series (Asia Launch)
Panel 1 – Organizing healthcare for Improving Quality and Respect
Panel 2 – Supporting Healthy Birth
Panel 3 – Evidence and Human Rights in Indian Obstetric Medicine
DAY 3 – ACCOUNTABILITY & CHANGE – 4, FEB 2017
Keynote Address – Human Rights in Childbirth – the legal framework in India
Panel 1 – Rethinking the Role of Midwives in the Region
Panel 2 – Accountability & Advocacy for Change
Panel 3 – Quality, Progress and Vision in Maternity Care
Closing Keynote – For Richer and for Poorer – changing the landscape of Indian Maternity Healthcare, one woman at a time
DAY 4 – COLLABORATION DAY – 5, FEB 2017
This is a day to for attendees and speakers to work together to discuss the most valuable actions to take to ensure we put back the Human Rights in childbirth.
The questions we will be discussing are:
(a) What are the 5 priority areas that need immediate attention in maternity healthcare in the region?
(b) How will those identified priorities support and/or protect women’s human rights in pregnancy and childbirth?
(c) If you were in charge, what steps would you take to make these priority areas a reality?
HRiC is an international network of some of the most influential thought leaders who work to address global maternal and newborn health issues through the lens human rights in interdisciplinary and innovative ways. HRiC integrates the professional and political segmentation of women’s and children’s health, and advocates for recognition of the full range of human rights at stake in pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum.
Birth India was initially founded in 2007 by five women in Mumbai from various nationalities. These women were looking to make a positive difference in the way women in India are cared for during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum. Since inception, we have seen an increase in the presence of international childbirth education, birthing options, doulas, midwives, and lactation institutions within India. Our mission is to promote the benefits of best practices for childbirth in India by advocating for women’s reproductive rights and spreading awareness on mother-baby-friendly care.
Our partners include: Human Rights Law Network, The White Ribbon Alliance, United Nations Family Planning Association, The Tata Institute of Social Science, The Lancet and IdeaHive
Come be apart of this incredible work at the Human Rights in Childbirth Conference in Mumbai India.
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