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Respectful Maternity Care: The Universal Rights of Childbearing Women (Brochure)
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Author(s): Rima Jolivet

Primary Language: English

Date: 12/16/2011


In every country and community worldwide, pregnancy and childbirth are momentous events in the lives of women and families and represent a time of intense vulnerability. As part of an overall effort to promote respectful maternity care, the Health Policy Project and White Ribbon Alliance have launched the Respectful Maternity Care Charter, based on the principle that respectful maternity care is every woman's right. A broad group of stakeholders representing research, clinical, human rights, and advocacy perspectives came together in a community of concern to develop this charter, which addresses the issue of disrespect and abuse among women seeking maternity care and provides a platform for improvement through seven distinct articles that clarify the rights of childbearing women. Improving the quality of care for women is an essential component in our work to improve maternal health worldwide.

This brochure summarizes the key points and articles of the charter, titled Respectful Maternity Care: The Universal Rights of Childbearing Women, and is accompanied by a poster. Also available is A Guide for Advocating for Respectful Maternity Care, which provides national-level advocates with information, tools, and techniques to (1) raise awareness and demand for respectful maternity care (RMC), (2) hold local leaders and services providers accountable, and (3) secure commitments to institutionalize RMC as the standard of care.


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The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. The project's HIV-related activities are supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It is implemented by Futures Group, in collaboration with Plan International USA, Avenir Health (previously Futures Institute), Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), RTI International, and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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