- Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health
- Family Planning
- Women, Girls, and HIV
- Rights-Based Maternal Health
- U.S. Foreign Policy & Funding
- Anti-Prostitution Pledge
- Fact Sheets: US Strategies, Policies, and SRHR
- Watch: Making U.S. Foreign Assistance Work for Women and Girls in Ethiopia
- Female Condoms and U.S. Foreign Policy
- Family Planning Policy Restrictions and HIV
- U.S. Global Health Initiative
- Global Gag Rule
- Global HER Act
- Helms Amendment
- Foreign Assistance Budget
- Foreign Assistance Reform
- Kemp-Kasten Amendment
- Abstinence & Fidelity
- Advocacy and Foreign Assistance
- Why Women and Girls?
Comprehensive Rights-Based Maternity Care
Respect for women’s autonomy, dignity, feelings, choices, and preferences strengthens efforts to prevent maternal morbidity and mortality. Maternal health services that are not rights-based may serve as an exit point for health care instead of an entry point.
Rights-Based Maternity Services in the Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic has high rates of maternal mortality, yet almost all women technically have skilled attendants at birth – an indicator many use to measure a country’s ability to reduce maternal deaths. Clearly, skilled attendants are not enough: assessments have found that maternal mortality is due to public hospitals’ failure to provide quality services that respect human rights. Maternity wards commonly are overcrowded and dirty, and the staff lack professionalism.
In contrast, International Planned Parenthood Federation member association Profamilia provides a model maternity hospital in Santiago. CHANGE researchers found the hospital to be clean and professional, with patients thanking providers for the good care they received. The hospital and attached clinic offer surgery, CD4 counts, counseling, community outreach, and education. All of Profamilia’s services integrate gender-based violence awareness.
Fact Sheet: Maternal Health and Respectful Maternity Care
Access to rights-based maternal health services and respectful maternity care are essential to women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. Evidence shows that access to health care alone is not enough to promote maternal health and decrease maternal morbidity and mortality. Many women who experience disrespect and abuse during childbirth are less likely to see skilled health care in the future. Maternal health services must include rights-based, respectful maternity care.
Read the Maternal Health and Respectful Maternity Care fact sheet.
Call to Action for an International Day for Maternal Health and Rights
We call on governments, international institutions, and the global community of civil society organizations to celebrate and recognize April 11 as the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights.
To sign-on to the Call to Action as an organization, please email Devan Shea at firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals can add their names here: http://bit.ly/IntlMHDay.
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Center for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA)
- Center for Reproductive Rights
- Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
- Every Mother Counts
- Every Woman Every Child
- Family Care International
- FHI 360 (Family Health International)
- Global Fund for Women
- Global Moms Challenge
- Guttmacher Institute
- Harvard Women and Health Initiative
- International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
- International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC)
- John Snow, Inc.
- Management Sciences for Health (MSH)
- Marie Stopes International
- Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP)
- Maternal Health Task Force
- Merck for Mothers
- Pathfinder International
- Population Action International
- Population Council
- Population Reference Bureau
- PRI The Ninth Month Series
- Saving Lives At Birth
- Saving Mothers, Giving Life
- The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
- The White Ribbon Alliance
- USAID TRAction Project
- Women Deliver
- World Health Organization
Source90% - 90% of the complications that lead to maternal death can be avoided when women have access to quality prevention, diagnostic, and treatment services.
Source16 million - Each year, about 16 million girls ages 15-19 give birth. Pregnancy and childbirth is the leading cause of death among this age group.