Respectful Childbirth: Giving Birth Without Health Violence
Since 2004, the French Association for respected child (AFAR, for its acronym in French: Alliance Francophone pour l’Ecouchment Respecte) promotes a week-long commemoration dedicated to reflecting the scope of laws related to child birth respected in different countries and the views of various organizations such as UNICEF gives. During this week, various activities are carried out in each nation to publicize the rights and responsibilities of families and health teams.
In our country, since the enactment of the law of respected child 25,929, this commemoration is accompanied by celebrations throughout the world. Each year, the Ministry of Health proposes a slogan that represents a specific objective of this law. In 2023, the chosen motto is “Health is giving birth violence free”.
what is a dignified delivery, What is childbirth free from violence? This Birth This is where the health team and the accompanying family work as a team to promote a space where the rights of children and their families, as well as their particularities in biological, ethnic, political and social terms, and Diversity is respected. Support them in making safe informed decisions and respect their decisions.
The main purpose is to create a place of leadership for the family together during Birth, recognizing that they are the true protagonists of this experience. It is important to highlight that both the health team and the family have rights and responsibilities in the delivery approach. these rights should be Respected regardless of the circumstances and methods of birth.
Similarly, basic aspects such as skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding in the first hour of life should be facilitated by the health team, provided the circumstances of the mother and the newborn allow it. A major objective of the health team and family is to promote a perinatal care paradigm based on cooperation and mutual respect. In this approach, the family, in all its dimensions, together with the health team, becomes the leading pivot.
It seeks to foster autonomy, quality and warmth in care, creating space for listening and consensus. However, it is always taken into account that expectations and wishes regarding the process Birth They can be modified by decisions necessary to protect the health of the pregnant person and the unborn child.
Finally, the memory of honoring the week of childbirth invites us to reflect on the importance of creating a space of leadership and care for families during the birth process. Both the health team and the family have a fundamental role in promoting dignified and safe care where the rights and particularities of each individual are respected. With a collaborative and information-based approach, we aim to guarantee an experience Birth Free from violence and empowerment for all families.
* Dr. Ariana F. Santillan, MN 161646, obstetrician at Halitus Medical Institute.