Advancing respectful, woman-centered care

Studies have found that the prevalence of disrespect and abuse of women in childbirth includes instances of verbal and physical abuse, lack of consent and confidentiality, abandonment/neglect, discrimination and detention in health facilities ranges widely [1].  Evidence suggests such mistreatment can lead to poor outcomes, reduce trust in the health system and impact future care-seeking [2]. Additionally, health system constraints can result in disrespect and abuse of health workers—many of whom are women [3]

While there is an increasing awareness around the need to improve experience of childbirth care, more must be done to identify and promote promising approaches and interventions, practical metrics and support to the implementation of policies and strategies that advance respectful care.

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Improving woman-centered care with Implementation Science

The HEARD Project supports research-to-use activities that help ensure quality, respect, and dignity across the continuum of care through a robust implementation science strategy. These complementary activities are mutually reinforcing and aim to improve regional and national maternal health policies, with the goal of improving the health and wellbeing of women and their infants.These efforts build on ground-breaking RMC work and quality improvement efforts in maternal and newborn health, including the TRAction Project.