Being Pregnant in a Pandemic, and Preventing Disrespect and Abuse in Childbirth

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D&A is sometimes referred to as mistreatment, obstetric violence or dehumanized care. (Cristy Bradford

As a reproductive healthcare expert and advocate, I didn’t imagine myself making a big announcement about my pregnancy, but here I am doing just that.

I’m pregnant.

And I am constantly thinking about COVID-19 from the lens of a researcher, an advocate, a parent to two teenagers—and now, a pregnant person. 

And as timing would have it, this week marks the sixth annual International Day for Maternal Health and Rights, a day to champion and promote a rights-based maternal health care framework for women.

For the past six years, I have written about disrespect and abuse in childbirth and respectful maternity care—but this year is something entirely different. 

I had been trying to get pregnant for about six months on last year’s International Day for…

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