Childbirth: From human rights abuses to autonomous decision-making
Birth is a very special, intimate and defining moment in the lives of the parents and child, an integral part of a transformation that is both physical and psychological. According to the United Nations, approximately 78 million children are born worldwide each year. That means there are almost the same number of individuals giving birth, and in many cases there are other parents and siblings whose lives are fundamentally altered by the birth of a new child. What must happen to ensure that childbirth is safe, dignified and self-determined? How can we ensure a respectful birth culture?