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We deserve a better delivery

We deserve a better delivery


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Today is a woman has the right to give birth with dignity, in or outside the hospital, where she will feel safe. Has the right to participate in making decisions about how a child would be born. After talking to your doctor and midwife, you may agree or disagree with specific medical procedures. This is the theory. What does the practice look like?

We talk to you about the average birth in a Polish delivery room today Ewa Krogulska, initiator of the "Better delivery" campaign.

Sosrodzice.pl: Better delivery - or what?

Ewa Krogulska: Good delivery is a very subjective concept. Our goal is one thing: that every woman giving birth receive proper care. By proper care, we mean primarily emotional and information support, empathy and respect. Although this sounds like cliche and should work from a machine, it is not always the case.

Sosrodzice.pl: Polish women give birth worthily?

E.K: There are many women who are satisfied with the delivery. They talk about wonderful, supportive staff, incredible strength and intimate, empowering experience. On the other hand, we have a history of chilling. There is no question here, not only about a dignified birth but about respect for basic human rights.

Sosrodzice.pl: What rights do we Polish women know?

E.K; We are currently verifying this information. We want to investigate what percentage of women are actually satisfied with the delivery process, how often abuses occur and what areas they affect. For this reason, we launched the survey //lepszyporod.pl/lepszy-porod-liczymy-sie/. We don't want to speculate. In the second quarter of 2015, we should receive an answer to this question.

Sosrodzice.pl: What is the biggest problem?

E.K: I think that part of the situation is due to the fact that the medical staff themselves do not receive any support. There are no psychologists in hospitals in Poland who would be available to midwives or doctors. And yet they are people who work on the first front: they have an extremely stressful job, they often have to make quick, responsible decisions. They have no way of working through their emotions! No psychological help. Of course, there are many situations where there is no logical explanation for the conduct of medical staff and no burnout can be an excuse. Nevertheless, this type of support could help solve many problems.

Sosrodzice.pl: What is the purpose of your action?

E.K: Our action is directed to:

  • pregnant women - to give them knowledge of their rights in perinatal care
  • mothers who have already given birth and have difficult perinatal memories associated with poor medical care - so that they can symbolically break their silence and heal this area of ​​their lives; that by giving testimony of them their harm would not be wasted and would allow women who will come to give birth to them for better, kinder and warmer perinatal care
  • medical staff working with pregnant women and young mothers - to sensitize them to the psychological and emotional needs of pregnant women, in particular women giving birth

We believe that thanks to the petition //secure.avaaz.org/pl/petition/Ewa_Kopacz_Premier_Bartosz_Arlukowicz_Minister_Zdrowia_Stop_lamaniu_prawa_na_porodowkach/ and our actions will change for the better. We want every woman to have the perinatal care she deserves and the support she needs.