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Women worldwide are subjected to abuse in labour, study finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3656 (Published 06 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3656
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Women across the world experience mistreatment in labour, including physical and verbal abuse, a lack of supportive care, neglect, discrimination and denial of autonomy, a systematic review has found.1

The study, published in PLoS Medicine, identified 65 studies undertaken in 34 countries detailing mistreatment by doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers.

Being hit or slapped with the hand or an instrument was the most commonly reported physical abuse. Women also reported being pinched, …

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