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Women's authority during childbirth and Safe Motherhood in Yemen
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stress Research Institute. (Enheten för epidemiologi)
2010 (English)In: Sexual & reproductive healthcare : official journal of the Swedish Association of Midwives, ISSN 1877-5764, Vol. 1, no 4, 129-34 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper argues that supporting Yemeni women to exercise their own authority during childbirth would significantly facilitate their ability to give birth successfully and with personal satisfaction. In a country where women are routinely disempowered, their personal empowerment at birth is very important to them. Skilled birth assistants often, in women's perceptions, work against their personal power and authority, most especially MDs but also midwives. This failure results in women failing to seek medical care when needed. Supporting women to experience their own authority at birth would facilitate the accomplishment of both the Millennium Development Goals and those of the Safe Motherhood Initiative. We call for increased cooperation between modern and traditional methods of care.

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2010. Vol. 1, no 4, 129-34 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-50938DOI: 10.1016/j.srhc.2010.07.001PubMedID: 21122611Local ID: P2837OAI: diva2:383238
Available from: 2011-01-04 Created: 2011-01-04 Last updated: 2011-02-01Bibliographically approved

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