Improving respectful maternity care in Ethiopia: Health System constraints and mitigation approaches. - Dr Anteneh Asefa

The mistreatment of women during facility-based childbirth is a violation of women’s human rights that jeopardises their right to a safe, satisfying, and positive childbirth experience. In addition, such mistreatment is a significant deterrent to the utilisation of skilled birth services. In Ethiopia in 2019, 52.5% of women gave birth outside a health institution. There is compelling evidence that the level of mistreatment of women in the country is very high and women prefer home birth in part due to experienced or perceived mistreatment.

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