The human rights in childbirth movement is gathering pace and followers across the globe. From Venezuela to the UK, via America and Uganda, activists, midwives, mothers, doctors and lawyers are coming together to offer rights-based solutions to the problems in maternity care.
Just what are human rights though? How do they apply to pregnancy and birth? What happens when dignity is absent? And how are innovators and educators using human rights principles to revolutionise care for the next generation of women?
Why Human Rights in Childbirth Matter will bust myths around human rights, explain just what your rights in pregnancy and birth are, how caregivers can champion them and provide practical inspiration for mothers, caregivers and campaigners working to improve birth for all women across the world.
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An important book in pocket size
Overall informative, inspirational and empowering. Rising important questions to improve maternity services for women all over the world. The book includes a practical guide with FAQ section and a list of resources at the end. Definately a book that I would go back to in a specific event where I need some info or a reference or quote a fact in relation to births right. Ultimately, a book that could contribute to postively change womenÕs dignity and feelings during and after birth for good.
Rebecca Schiller is a hero
This is a small book that should have a massive impact. Doula and human rights campaigner Rebecca Schiller is a great advocate for this important subject, bringing to it eloquence, experience, and a deep understanding of the issues faced by women in childbirth. She is almost uniquely positioned to present the case for human rights in childbirth. The book is presented in two sections, the smaller second section being a clear and useful guide to women's rights in birth, with a FAQ approach and a comprehensive set of information. The bulk of the book examines the matter in more detail, starting with an exploration of the context in which women give birth, both in developed and developing parts of the world. She provides a very good explanation of the Human Rights Act and how it applies to birth, with several compelling examples. This is the first book where I have ever read every one of the real life quotations. I found that the chapter on Feminisms of Birth particularly resonated. Schiller's discussion of the political dilemma of campaigning to improve women's experience, without polarising people into different camps, was enlightening and helpful. She concludes, of course, that the ultimate aim must be respectful, compassionate and individualised care based on the best available evidence, but trusting every woman to make decisions about what happens to her own body. If you have ever pondered the real meaning of consent, or witnessed a non-consented procedure, or been asked to consent to something you did not fully understand, this book will be meaningful to you. Absolutely everyone involved in birth needs to be aware of the contents of this book, above all the women heading into the system, whatever that system is in their part of the world.
A great tool for understanding the issues and supporting the human rights of women
Yet another great title in the "why it matters" series, this book contains a clear and powerful exposition of what the issues surrounding women's human rights during pregnancy and childbirth are. Schiller explains how rights abuses come about under these circumstances, and skillfully illustrates them with harrowing but illuminating real life examples. The second half of the book provides a handy guide to a women's rights in particular situations and where to look for support and justification in enforcing them. I wish everyone involved with women during this vulnerable time in their lives would read this book.
What a read. Schiller excellently outlines many issues with childbirth and its reception not only in the UK but globally, and does this without simply brushing over the facts. Everything is discussed, which creates an awesome and educating structure that is absolutely packed with the knowledge needed to have a well-rounded view of the situation involving human rights and childbirth. I particularly enjoyed Schiller's own birth story and loved reading the positive birth stories but also have incredible respect for those more difficult. The pocket guide to rights in birth will definitely come in handy for me – I'll be taking this one to uni!