32 minutes | Sep 2nd 2020

Birth Justice & the Right to Healthcare

Too often, treating women with respect is seen as a luxury. It is not. Violations of human rights during childbirth are all too common in labor wards, hurting women’s chances of surviving pregnancy and childbirth. This episode of White Ribbon Alliance’s Brave Voices, Bold Actions podcast explores Article 6 of the Respectful Maternity Care Charter, and the human right to healthcare and to the highest attainable level of health.We start with two very different experiences of birth, from Elvia Rosario Muñoz Martínez in Mexico and Helen Abdul from Nigeria. Then we talk with Birth Justice activist Naa Hammond, and Australian midwife and Birthing on Country advocate Cherisse Buzzacott, about what needs to be done to ensure every mother, everywhere, receives quality healthcare during pregnancy and childbirth.Together, we have the power to destroy the structures that harm women during pregnancy and childbirth! Topics Covered:What is Birth Justice, and what does it look like in practice?How can donors and governments ensure women’s voices are heard and their rights are protected during childbirth? What is Birthing on Country, and how is it helping Aboriginal mothers in Australia during pregnancy and childbirth?How can the Respectful Maternity Care Charter save the lives of women across the world?Transcripts and more information available at www.whiteribbonalliance.org/bravevoicespodcast
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