Mistreatment of women in labour a global problem

It’s a time where women should be supported the most, yet women across the globe are mistreated by health workers during their labour.

That’s according to new research from the World Health Organisation, which has reviewed the mistreatment of women in childbirth across the globe.

The mistreatment ranges from the minor— such as lack of privacy, to the extreme, with women reporting physical and verbal abuse, abandonment and a loss of autonomy.

It’s a problem not just in developing countries, but developed countries as well, and Australia is not immune.

Ellen Leabeater has more.


Caroline Homer – Professor of Midwifery at the University of Technology Sydney

Meghan Bohren – Research Consultant, World Health Organisation

Image: H4+ Partnership on Flickr. 

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