Journal article

Labour companionship and women's experiences of mistreatment during childbirth: results from a multi-country community-based survey

Mamadou Dioulde Balde, Khalidha Nasiri, Hedieh Mehrtash, Anne-Marie Soumah, Meghan A Bohren, Boubacar Alpha Diallo, Theresa Azonima Irinyenikan, Thae Maung Maung, Soe Soe Thwin, Adeniyi K Aderoba, Joshua P Vogel, Nwe Oo Mon, Kwame Adu-Bonsaffoh, Ozge Tuncalp

BMJ Global Health | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: Evidence has shown the benefits of labour companions during childbirth. Few studies have documented the relationship between the absence of labour companions and mistreatment of women during childbirth in low-income and middle-income countries using a standardised tool. METHODS: We conducted a secondary analysis of the WHO multi-country study on how women are treated during childbirth, where a cross-sectional community survey was conducted with women up to 8 weeks after childbirth in Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria and Myanmar. Descriptive analysis and multivariable logistic regression were used to examine whether labour companionship was associated with various types of mistreatment. RES..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was made possible by the support of the American People through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP), Department of Reproductive Health and Research, WHO.