WG5: Help midwives heal from Obstetric Violence by Ibone Olza

Ibone Olza has written an about her work, mainly concerning obstetric violence, on the OPENideo open innovation platform. Click here to read the full text.

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Midwives and midwifery students suffer enormously from Obstetric Violence, and are often caught within a system that does not fully respect human rights in childbirth. Many are traumatised from witnessing obstetric violence or depressed from feeling accomplice, some leave their jobs because of trauma and burnout. We aim at helping midwives become aware of the consequences that obstetric violence has for them too , giving them tools to prevent abuse. Empowered Happier Midwives for better births!

Obstetric violence, which includes disrespect and abuse during childbirth, is an important human rights issue affecting the lives and health of millions of women and babies. It has been defined as “…the appropriation of the body and reproductive processes of women by health personnel, which is expressed as dehumanized treatment, an abuse of medication, and to convert the natural processes into pathological ones, bringing with it loss of autonomy and the ability to decide freely about their bodies and sexuality, negatively impacting the quality of life of women.” (1)

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