Promoting a global culture of respectful maternity care

Promoting a global culture of respectful maternity care

Abstract

Respectful maternity care (RMC) – a fundamental human right for all women – prioritizes autonomy and rights of pregnant and birthing women throughout the entire childbirth journey. Despite increasing acknowledgment of the importance of RMC for optimal maternal and new-born outcomes, women often experience disrespectful and abusive practices during pregnancy and childbirth. This Editorial points to the need for development of international guidelines for the implementation of RMC programs globally.