Disrespect and abuse of women during labour and delivery has been recognized as a major factor that affects the childbirth experience of women in many parts of the world. It has also been shown to be associated with increased maternal morbidity. Obstetric violence is a specific type of violation of women’s rights which was first defined in Latin America, in Venezuela. Meijer and colleague researchers describe the prevalence of obstetric violence in Ecuador by studying three domains – provision of information, presence of a companion during labour and position during delivery. This study shows a high level of obstetric violence in the study area.
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