Diana Bowser, Sc.D., M.P.H., a Research Specialist from the Harvard School of Public Health, presented this landscape analysis of the evidence around disrespect and abuse in facility-based childbirth Nov. 17, 2010. The report reviews the evidence in published and gray literature with regard to the definition, scope, contributors, and impact of disrespect and abuse in childbirth, promising intervention approaches, and gaps in the evidence. Building on the results, categories of disrespect and abuse draw on human rights and ethics principles and are intended to help synthesize a complex body of evidence. The report also explores evidence for potential contributors to disrespect and abuse focusing on individual and community, law and policy, leadership and governance, service delivery, and provider factors.
Despite the agreed importance among maternal health and human rights stakeholders of achieving respectful, non-abusive birth care for all women, there has been a relative lack of formal research around this topic. This presentation will review all aspects of this report and conclude with questions and discussion.