Women Giving Birth in Low-Income Countries Often Endure Abuse

October 22, 2019

(Reuters) – Women are often mistreated during labor and delivery at hospitals in low-income countries, a new study suggests.  During in-person observations of births at urban hospitals in Ghana, Guinea and Nigeria, researchers found that more than 40 percent of women experienced physical or verbal abuse, stigmatization or discrimination related to race or ethnicity, according to a report in The Lancet. Surveys of women who had recently given birth in those countries and in Myanmar yielded similar findings.