Obstetric Violence

The next theme Brazilian health groups want to focus on is obstetric violence. This was announced at ENAM (National Breastfeeding Encounter) in November 2014. The groups are specifically concerned about the excessive number of unnecessary caesarean sections instead of vaginal births. There is a need to curb the trend and give mothers more say in how they want to give birth. Caesarian sections lead to increased health costs and they also have a negative impact on breastfeeding.

RUMBA, the youth wing of IBFAN Latin America, decided to visualize the violent obstetric practices so as to create greater awareness of the problems. The photo shows a natural birth using gravity and active participation of the mother, here assisted by a doctor and a doula.