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‘They treat you like you are not a human being’: Maltreatment during labour and delivery in rural northern Ghana - Midwifery - Vol. 30, 2 - ISBN: 02666138 - p.262-268

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Moyer, Cheryl A.; Adongo, Philip B.; Aborigo, Raymond A.; Hodgson, Abraham; Engmann, Cyril M.

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Objective: to explore community and health-care provider attitudes towards maltreatment during delivery in rural northern Ghana, and compare findings against The White Ribbon Alliance’s seven fundamental rights of childbearing women.

Design: a cross-sectional qualitative study using in-depth interviews and focus groups.

Setting: the Kassena-Nankana District of rural northern Ghana between July and October 2010.
Participants: 128 community members, including mothers with newborn infants, grandmothers, household heads, compound heads, traditional healers, traditional birth attendants, and community leaders, as well as 13 formally trained health-care providers.

Measurements and findings

7 focus groups and 43 individual interviews were conducted with community members, and 13 individual interviews were conducted with health-care providers. All interviews were transcribed verbatim and entered into NVivo 9.0 for analysis. Despite the majority of respondents reporting positive experiences, unprompted, maltreatment was brought up in 6 of 7 community focus groups, 14 of 43 community interviews, and 8 of 13 interviews with health-care providers. Respondents reported physical abuse, verbal abuse, neglect, and discrimination. One additional category of maltreatment identified was denial of traditional practices.

Key conclusions
maltreatment was spontaneously described by all types of interview respondents in this community, suggesting that the problem is not uncommon and may dissuade some women from seeking facility delivery.

Implications for practice
provider outreach in rural northern Ghana is necessary to address and correct the problem, ensuring that all women who arrive at a facility receive timely, professional, non-judgmental, high-quality delivery care.

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Maltraitance pendant l’accouchement: interview individuels ou en groupe auprès d’habitants et de professionnels de soins. Les mauvais traitements sont évoqués spontanément et parmi tous les types d’interviewé, ce qui suggère que le problème n’est pas inhabituel et que cela peut dissuader les femmes d’aller accoucher en milieu hospitalier (Nord du Ghana)

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➡ obstetric and gynecologic violence obstetric violence, obstetrical violence ; iatrogeny ; guidelines ; public health ; traumatism ; deontology ; informed consent

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