A series of five papers published in the journal PLOS Global Public Health explores strategies to end the mistreatment of women during childbirth and improve respectful care in maternal health services. The papers focus on interventions to reduce physical and verbal abuse, strategies to reduce stigma and discrimination, communication strategies to improve interpersonal communication, factors related to organizations and working environments, and the drivers of power-related mistreatment. The research calls for long-term solutions that encourage sustainable changes in attitudes and beliefs, making a permanent change in behavior at all levels of the health and social care system.
The findings are important for improving maternal care worldwide, ensuring respectful and person-centered care for all. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research are leading this initiative to address mistreatment during childbirth and childbirth experiences.