Obstetric violence: what it is and examples

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Pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum are processes that if not properly managed can lead to both physical and psychological sequelae for women. Therefore, it is very important that throughout the process the gynecological and obstetric care received by pregnant women is absolutely careful and respectful, since both the health of the mother and the baby must be guaranteed.

Obstetric violence what it is and examples

Any mistake that harms either of them during these processes is considered obstetric violence, a term that has been gaining popularity in recent times and that is part of violence against women. In the following article of we explain what obstetric violence is and examples, which are the situations in which this type of violence manifests itself, in order to be able to identify and denounce it.

What is obstetric violence?

We call obstetric violence to those bad practices or behaviors, which are carried out in the field of health by professionals who care for women during pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium, and that by action or omission can put at risk both the mother and the baby, being violent or perceived violently. This type of violence exercised can occur both physically, in the form of inappropriate acts or not agreed by the patient, and psychologically, as it would be a humiliation.

In this sense, obstetric violence constitutes gender discrimination, so it is included within violence against women, since it involves a violation of their rights from several approaches: sexual, reproductive and health.

What is obstetric violence?

We call obstetric violence to those bad practices or behaviors, which are carried out in the field of health by professionals who care for women during pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium, and that by action or omission can put at risk both the mother and the baby, being violent or perceived violently. This type of violence exercised can occur both physically, in the form of inappropriate acts or not agreed by the patient, and psychologically, as it would be a humiliation.

In this sense, obstetric violence constitutes gender discrimination, so it is included within violence against women, since it involves a violation of their rights from several approaches: sexual, reproductive and health.

What are the consequences of obstetric violence

Any form of violence against women threatens their health from various areas: physical, sexual and reproductive, mental and behavioral. Obstetric violence can put maternal and fetal health at risk. Some of the consequences of obstetric violence are:

  • Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy.
  • Birth of premature babies.
  • Increased risk of unwanted pregnancies.
  • Physical discomfort.
  • Psychological damage.
  • States of nervousness, anxiety, stress or depression.

If you found this article about obstetric violence useful, we recommend that you continue reading about childbirth with our posts What is better: cesarean section or natural birth and how to dilate faster in childbirth.

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