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I know several women who have given birth before will happily corroborate the above caption with every breath they have in their body because the situation is glaringly conspicuous throughout the length and breath of the country and it’s something they can easily relate to.

So according to this new report conducted by the World Health Organisation and published in the Lancet Medical Journal, more than one-third of women in four low-income countries in Africa and Asia were slapped, mocked, forcibly treated or otherwise abused during childbirth in health centers.

The study was carried out in Ghana, Guinea Myanmar and Nigeria and it correctly painted the right picture that our sisters and mothers go through at the hands of these savages (not all nurses though and take note, my sister was a victim of this).

The study, which was carried out on 2,016 women, found that 42 per cent of the women experienced physical or verbal abuse or some form of stigma or discrimination at maternity health facilities.

The study also found a high number of caesarean sections, vaginal exams and other procedures being performed without the patient’s consent.

In Ghana, 926 women took part in the study which was carried out between September 19, 2016, and January 18, 2018.

The researchers conducted continuous labour observations on the women from their time of admission, throughout labour and childbirth, until two-hour post partum.

According to the study, 31.6 per cent of the women who were observed during childbirth were physically or verbally abused, or discriminated against.

The report added that while some women in Guinea (0.2 per cent) and Nigeria (1.5 per cent) were instructed to clean up blood, urine, faeces, or amniotic fluid after birth, none of the women observed in Ghana was asked to do so.

The authors of the study urged officials to hold those who mistreat women during childbirth accountable. They also urged the governments to put into place clear policies and sufficient resources to ensure that women have a safe place to give birth.

Among the specific steps proposed by the study are: making sure all medical procedures are performed only after getting an informed consent; allowing the patient to have a companion of their choice in the delivery room; redesigning maternity wards to offer the maximum privacy; and making sure no health facility tolerates instances of physical or verbal abuse.

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