Kleiner Auszug aus den Berichten von 65 Frauen aus 34 Ländern über ihre Geburtshilfen.

Women complained of being beaten, pinched and slapped by health providers during childbirth, and being physically restrained. Healthcare providers spoke to them harshly or rudely and “shamed” them with inappropriate comments about their sexual activity, especially adolescents and unmarried women. Healthcare providers also threatened to withhold care or not offer good care because of misbehavior.

Many women felt discriminated against based on their ethnic, racial or religious backgrounds, socioeconomic status, age and having HIV, making them feel alienated from health care workers.

Women also reported painful or excessive number of vaginal exams, staff who refused to offer pain relief, lack of informed consent and breaches of confidentiality.