How has COVID-19 affected women's rights during childbirth? Help us track this globally
Since the pandemic started, we've been documenting cases of abuse and mistreatment of women in labour around the world. Explore our findings – and help add to them.
Interactive: What women are telling us about childbirth in COVID-19
Our team of feminist investigative journalists is documenting abuses of women’s rights during COVID-19. We need your...
Top doctors and lawyers condemn ‘shocking’ treatment of women in childbirth during COVID-19
Exclusive: openDemocracy investigation reveals ‘traumatic’ incidents defying WHO guidelines in 45 countries – as...
Indigenous women report racism and neglect in COVID-19 Canada childbirth
Birth workers say pandemic policies have ignored the needs of pregnant Indigenous women, leaving them with...
UK government criticised for 'inconsistent' restrictions on pregnant women’s check-ups
Maternal health advocates demand answers after pubs and shops reopen but some women in England’s least-hit areas are...
Aid donors ‘disturbed’ by reports of childbirth violations
Following openDemocracy revelations of WHO childbirth guidelines being flouted around the world, major donors...
Mistreated pregnant women deserve more than your outrage
A meaningful response to obstetric violence requires political will from policy-makers and accountability for...
Why ‘pro-family’ groups ignore pregnant African women dying during COVID-19
CitizenGo doesn’t want women to terminate pregnancies even if their lives are at risk, so no wonder it’s ignoring...
Hypocrite Russia promotes childbirth but won't protect pregnant women
The Orthodox Church and conservative officials promote motherhood – but turn a blind eye to women’s rights being...
Higher risks, little support: Giving birth while Black and Asian in COVID-19 England
Women of colour are at higher risk of dying in childbirth and because of coronavirus. But the NHS has been slow to respond.
Meet Alabama’s feminist doctor protecting women giving birth under COVID-19
Their rights are being sidelined during the pandemic. But at Jesanna Cooper’s hospital, she’s fighting to always put...
'No woman should be treated how I was in childbirth'
How has COVID-19 affected women's rights during childbirth? Watch this 3-minute film.
Venezuelan women give birth in ‘hell’ amid COVID-19 and economic collapse
Giving birth in Venezuela was already ‘Dantesque’, say experts. But with COVID-19 it’s even getting worse. This is...
Women across Latin America ‘under pressure’ to have C-sections during COVID-19
Women are facing an ‘obstetric violence’ crisis made worse by the pandemic, despite laws against mistreatment and...
African governments warned of lawsuits for maternal deaths under COVID-19 lockdowns
Exclusive: Women have died or suffered unsafe births after transport bans, while hospitals report rising equipment shortages.
Women are being forced to give birth ‘alone’, in post-lockdown Armenia and Ukraine
Across Eurasia, women have reported mistreatment that defies World Health Organization guidelines – and national policies.
Infant formula companies are ‘exploiting’ COVID-19 pandemic
Companies are accused of using COVID-19 to push their products, including targeting parents’ ‘fears of infection’.
‘You have to be alone’: Romanian women recount traumatic COVID pregnancies
In Romania, government guidelines contravene advice from the World Health Organisation – with women outside the...
A homebirth seemed like the only option
I have just given birth to my second child – but at home instead of in hospital. There wasn’t a hair on my head that...
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