Brazil’s Debate Over ‘Obstetric Violence’ Shines Light On Abuse During Childbirth




The term “obstetric violence” has been used in Brazil for years to describe a type of abuse of women that occurs during childbirth and was first officially recognized in the country about a decade ago. But recently, the term itself has been under threat.
In an official order published in May, the Brazilian Ministry of Health advised that the term should be avoided and, if possible, banned from government public policy documents.

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