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...
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...
'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...
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