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recorded conversation 27 October, 18:00

How can you defend your right to safe and dignified childbirth?

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Every year, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians prepare to become parents. But sometimes the medical services related to pregnancy and labor can be associated with human rights violations.

Oleksandra, a mother of two, gave birth in Vinnytsia. During labor, the medical staff raised their voices at the woman and performed procedures without coordinating them with the mother and her husband first. The violations of her rights started already during pregnancy. Oleksandra was required to register at a woman’s clinic only at the place of her official registration.

In 2015, NGO Natural Rights Ukraine asked Ukrainian women which of their rights were violated the most frequently during pregnancy and labor. As a result, the women pointed at the lack of informing, corruption, mental pressure, privacy violations, restrictions on partner-accompanied labor, discrimination, etc. Unfortunately, not all future mothers and fathers know how to defend their rights and where to go if their rights are infringed.

Listen to our heroine’s story, and to expert advice on how to defend your right to safe and dignified childbirth. We also invite you to watch the documentary Unseen about different experiences of childbirth.

Participants

Ksenia Shymanska

moderator, director of the NGO Docudays Human Rights Department

Oleksandra Kaminska

mother of two

Roman Vorona

doctor, ObGyn at Kyiv medical centre "Academy of human health"

Yevhenia Kubakh

expert, co-founder of NGO Natural Rights Ukraine

Maia Martiniak

director of the film Unseen, creative producer

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