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Obstetric Violence in Spain (Part I): Women’s Perception and Interterritorial Differences

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Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universitat Jaume I, Avda. Sos I Baynat s/n, 12071 Castellón, Spain
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Department of Obstetrics, Hospital do Salnés, Villgarcía de Aurousa, 36619 Pontevendra, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(21), 7726; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217726
Received: 7 September 2020 / Revised: 14 October 2020 / Accepted: 21 October 2020 / Published: 22 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Obstetric Violence and Women's Health)
The decentralization of health systems can have direct repercussions on maternity care. Some inequalities can be noted in outcomes, like neonatal and child mortality in Spain. This study aimed to make the presence of obstetric violence in Spain visible as an interterritorial equity criterion. A descriptive, restrospective and cross-sectional study was conducted between January 2018 and June 2019. The sample comprised 17,541 questionnaires, which represented all Spanish Autonomous Communities. Of our sample, 38.3% perceived having suffered obstetric violence; 44.4% perceived that they had undergone unnecessary and/or painful procedures, of whom 83.4% were not requested to provide informed consent. The mean satisfaction with the attention women received obtained 6.94 points in the general sample and 4.85 points for those women who viewed themselves as victims of obstetric violence. Spain seems to have a serious problem with public health and respecting human rights in obstetric violence. Offering information to women and requesting their informed consent are barely practiced in the healthcare system, so it is necessary to profoundly reflect on obstetric practices with, and request informed consent from, women in Spain. View Full-Text
Keywords: obstetric violence; interterritorial differences; Spain; nursing; midwife; sexual and reproductive health obstetric violence; interterritorial differences; Spain; nursing; midwife; sexual and reproductive health
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Mena-Tudela, D.; Iglesias-Casás, S.; González-Chordá, V.M.; Cervera-Gasch, Á.; Andreu-Pejó, L.; Valero-Chilleron, M.J. Obstetric Violence in Spain (Part I): Women’s Perception and Interterritorial Differences. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7726. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217726

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Mena-Tudela D, Iglesias-Casás S, González-Chordá VM, Cervera-Gasch Á, Andreu-Pejó L, Valero-Chilleron MJ. Obstetric Violence in Spain (Part I): Women’s Perception and Interterritorial Differences. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(21):7726. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217726

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Mena-Tudela, Desirée, Susana Iglesias-Casás, Víctor M. González-Chordá, Águeda Cervera-Gasch, Laura Andreu-Pejó, and María J. Valero-Chilleron. 2020. "Obstetric Violence in Spain (Part I): Women’s Perception and Interterritorial Differences" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 21: 7726. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217726

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