Respected childbirth is a right, not a fashion

Respected childbirth is a right, not a fashion

Within the framework of World Respected Childbirth Week and under the slogan "Less interventions, more care", it is proposed to raise awareness and inform about the rights that protect mothers, fathers and children at birth.

In Law 26,485 (2009) on Comprehensive Protection to prevent, punish and eradicate violence against women in the areas in which their interpersonal relationships take place, in article 6 it defines Obstetric Violence as violence against women “that is exercised by the health personnel on the body and reproductive processes of women, expressed in dehumanized treatment, an abuse of medicalization and pathologization of natural processes, in accordance with Law 25,929 (2004) on Respected Childbirth ”.

Law 25,929 for the Protection of Pregnancy and the Newborn, which has national application for all women and people with a pregnant capacity, speaks of the “right of women to information, to dignified and respectful and individual treatment, advocating the freedom of choice regarding the person who will accompany her during prenatal controls, labor, delivery and postpartum, putting natural delivery before invasive medication supply practices, without prejudice to the necessity and obligation of use of these practices when the state of health of the woman in labor and / or the unborn person warrants it with the mother's prior will expressly stated in writing in case it is required to commit it to any examination or intervention whose purpose is of investigation, under protocol approved by the Bioethics Committee ”. In addition, in the regulation of this law, article 2 explicitly states that the health team and the assisting institution must respect the free and informed choice of the place and the way in which the labor will go (walking, position, analgesia, accompaniment) and the route of birth, as long as it does not compromise the health of the mother-child binomial.

What does this mean?

First of all, our country, unlike our neighboring countries, has regulations against obstetric violence. Why? Because obstetrics is one of the most naturalized forms of violence and consists of the violation of women's rights in situations such as pre-delivery, delivery, post-delivery and abortion. And that there is legislation is the first step.

Secondly, we have the right to be accompanied, to choose the position to give birth (the one that is comfortable for US), which should only be medicated when necessary and not by protocol, that we have the right to know what is happening in clear language. That we can choose if we want anesthesia, that we can choose to move freely and that for any intervention we must be consulted and we must give our consent. Among other things.

A week transmitting and raising awareness of something that should be NATURALIZED without having to explain why. If there is an amparo law, it is because prior to this there was something that failed, that damaged and I need to be preserved. This is what we must understand.


By Daniela Lafuente

Parenting in Tribe
Pregnancy, Lactation and Parenting

Video: Copy of Matthew 2:1-12 - Sunday, October 11 (October 2020).