Women Abused, Slapped & Mistreated during Childbirth: The Lancet

Women Abused, Slapped & Mistreated during Childbirth: The Lancet

The Quint
Of the 2,672 women interviewed after childbirth, more than half or 57 per cent said they had not been offered any relief for pain.

A new report says more than one-third of women in four low-income countries in Africa and Asia were slapped, mocked, forcibly treated or otherwise abused during childbirth in health centres and suggests that such mistreatment occurs worldwide.

The study published on Wednesday, 9 October, in The Lancet medical journal says women in Nigeria, Myanmar, Ghana and Guinea also experienced high rates of cesarean sections and surgical cuts to the vagina, or episiotomies, without their consent - and often without a painkiller.

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