FIGO Statement: The International Childbirth Initiative: 12 steps to safe and respectful MotherBaby–Family maternity care

FIGO Statement: The International Childbirth Initiative: 12 steps to safe and respectful MotherBaby–Family maternity care

The International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization (IMBCO) and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) joined forces, developing a single global initiative to provide guidance and support for safe and respectful maternity care. This work built upon their previous initiatives—the IMBCO ‘10 Steps to Optimal MotherBaby Maternity Services’1 and the FIGO ‘Guidelines to MotherBaby Friendly Birthing Facilities’2 —and incorporates the most recent evidence and insights relating to quality maternal, newborn and child health provision. It also reflects much of the work being carried out by organizations involved in maternal and newborn health throughout the world.

This initiative, ‘The International Childbirth Initiative (ICI): 12 Steps to Safe and Respectful MotherBaby–Family Maternity Care’ was launched in October 2018 during the FIGO World Congress in Brazil in a special side event with presentations from key partner organizations. ICI provides clear steps for the implementation of evidence-based maternity care worldwide, acknowledging the interaction between the MotherBaby dyad and the family environment as well as their interactions with health providers and systems. The term ‘maternity care’ refers to the entire scope of care provided by healthcare providers to women and babies during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.

Lalonde, et al, 2019 International Journal of Gynecology Obstetrics

The Giving Voice to Mothers study: inequity and mistreatment during pregnancy and childbirth in the United States

The Giving Voice to Mothers study: inequity and mistreatment during pregnancy and childbirth in the United States

Recently WHO researchers described seven dimensions of mistreatment in maternity care that have adverse impacts on quality and safety. Applying the WHO framework for quality care, service users partnered with NGOs, clinicians, and researchers, to design and conduct the Giving Voice to Mothers (GVtM)–US study.

This is the first study to use indicators developed by service users to describe mistreatment in childbirth in the US. Our findings suggest that mistreatment is experienced more frequently by women of colour, when birth occurs in hospitals, and among those with social, economic or health challenges. Mistreatment is exacerbated by unexpected obstetric interventions, and by patient-provider disagreements.

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by Saraswathi Vedam, et al – Reproductive Health 2019 16:77
https://doi.org/10.1186/s12978-019-0729-2

Maternity services: women want respect and dignity above all else, finds global survey

Maternity services: women want respect and dignity above all else, finds global survey

A survey of 1.2 million women from more than half (114) of the world’s countries has found that the thing they most wanted from reproductive and maternal health services was to be treated with respect and dignity.1

After that requirement, the women, who were asked an open ended question about their health needs, said that they would like clean water, sanitation, hygiene, and adequate medicines and supplies.

Kristy Kade, deputy executive director of the White Ribbon Alliance, a US based international coalition of organisations aimed at decreasing maternal and newborn mortality, and co-chair of the What Women Want campaign, which conducted… read more

by Zosia Kmietowicz
BMJ 2019365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l4107 (Published 07 June 2019)
BMJ 2019;365:l4107