New Language Guide Reveals Obstetric Violence

New guide reveals the mistreatment to which hundreds of women have been subjected at the time of giving birth.

Obstetric violence has been an issue that has hit millions of women around the world hard. However, it seems to be a reality totally unknown by the public policies of many countries and worse still, it is a reality that many have had to keep quiet, because it is so normalized that many women are prepared to live the worst of nightmares and do not mention it. most beautiful blind women in the world when it comes to giving birth.

Faced with this scenario, a group of midwives (midwives) has decided to join the fight against this type of violence, creating a respectful language guide, which has been distributed through the British Medical Journal (British Medical Journal).


Violence manifests itself in all the ways we can imagine, but one of which no one talks about is precisely the one that hundreds of women experience when giving birth.

The levels reach such that many of them have described their delivery as something terrible and that they would never repeat again in their lives. Well, they had a terrible time, not only because of the pain it means to give birth, but also because of the treatment they received when they did it.


The guide was developed by 3 experts: Andrew Weeks, a professor who works at the University of Liverpool (International Mother Health Care), Natalie Mobbs, a medical student in Liverpool, and Catherine Williams, a member of the National Maternity Voices committee.

The 3 authors agree that it is essential to achieve a respectful practice of childbirth, assuring women that they will be able to control their own care, from the complete understanding of the process.


The main changes seek to use a respectful and encouraging language for the mother who is in labor.

Starting with calling her by her name and leaving aside the term “patient or woman in labor.” And it is even suggested that instead of telling the mother that they will use forceps to end the pregnancy, they are told that they will help the baby to be born using forceps to avoid the fetal distress that may be being subjected to by the long wait in the canal. Of childbirth.

These changes also include the technicalities used frequently during labor, putting them aside and giving a clear and understandable instruction by all the people who are in the ward / delivery room with the mother at that minute.

In this way, it seeks to create awareness about the importance of reducing the rates of violence at the time of childbirth, the discouraging messages and the feeling of displeasure that arises in all those women who have been denigrated, forced to have deliveries in uncomfortable positions, Violated with inappropriate comments and, above all, scared when they hear little-known medical terms, which no one takes the trouble to explain, much less to encourage to know that everything is working well with the birth of the baby.

We hope that this initiative will be replicated in many countries of the world, as a sign that giving birth is synonymous with love and not violence.

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