The Giving Voice to Mothers Study
Inequity and mistreatment during pregnancy and childbirth in the United States
Families of color experience high rates of mistreatment by health care providers during birth, finds this first-ever look at the birth experiences of people of color and the first ever community led study on experience of childbirth care in the United States.
Overall, one in six women - regardless of race - experience mistreatment by health care providers during birth.
Top experiences of mistreatment included verbal abuse, stigma and discrimination, and delays and refusals in care.
Delays and refusals are particularly significant given that Black birthing people and their babies have the highest rates of death from pregnancy-related complications.
Indigenous women were the most likely to report experiencing at least one form of mistreatment by health-care providers, closely followed by Hispanic/Latinx and Black women.
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New! Impact of place of birth on mistreatment
How does place of birth impact mistreatment? Do families that transfer to the hospital after a planned home birth experience different rates of mistreatment than planned hospital births?
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The Steering Council included several community partners. The Birth Place Lab team was honored to work with them throughout the entire project. We are indebted to them and their communities for their leadership and participation.