The Socially Accepted Violence Against Pregnant and Labouring Women

Vital information for the well being of mothers to be and their babies! Because of fear and lack of understanding of the birthing process and what was expected of me, my first delivery was excruciating. I actually tried to walk out of the hospital! Second time around I knew what to do and the staff were all supportive. A transformative experience!

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Birth Related Violence Against Women

By Samantha Thurlby-Brooks

Today Amnesty International and One Billion Rising are campaigning together for women’s rights. They are encouraging everyone across the world to support the elimination of violence against women and girls. I think in the light of recent events, such as the horrific Delhi gang rape that happened in December 2012, this day is much needed.

We usually think of violence against a woman as being rape, beaten or emotionally abused, often by someone they are in a relationship with or someone else they know. Domestic violence is a serious issue and society is working together to find out what is going on behind closed doors and helping women in need. Sadly the prevalence of abuse specifically during pregnancy is rarely thought of yet 20% of pregnant women will suffer at the hands of their partner. This is unacceptable.

It is estimated that one in five women…

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