Raising the voices of pregnant women in Poland

A mother holds her newborn, Boyarka, Ukraine.
WHO/I. Chernichkin

August 2015 -- Globally, many women experience disrespectful, abusive or neglectful treatment during childbirth. In 2014, WHO issued a statement calling on health systems to commit to promoting the rights of women in childbirth. This story from Poland shows how women fought and won to earn respect during childbirth. After a national campaign, bans were lifted on partners not being allowed in the delivery room, mothers were allowed visitors and babies were placed in their mother’s arms after birth. Childbirth became a more pleasant experience.