Knowledge Hub

To support reproductive health advocates across the globe, Global Doctors for Choice (GDC) has gathered resources related to advocacy with the aim of influencing policies, guidelines, and laws to improve access to care.

Please note that this is not a comprehensive list and does not necessarily reflect GDC’s position.  We will continue to gather and add resources, and invite you to contact us to suggest resources.

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Methods Used in Prevalence Studies of Disrespect and Abuse during Facility Based Childbirth: Lessons Learned

Date: October 2017 Topics: Disrespect and Mistreatment during Pregnancy    Resource Types: Publications
"This systematic review and comparative analysis of methods aims to aggregate and present lessons learned from published studies that quantified the prevalence of Disrespect and Abuse (D&A) during childbirth."The authors discuss measurement challenges and recommend ways of reducing bias to improve future studies to measure obstetric violence.

International Human Rights and the Mistreatment of Women during Childbirth

Date: November 2016 Topics: Disrespect and Mistreatment during Pregnancy    Resource Types: Publications
"This article reviews international human rights standards related to the mistreatment of women during childbirth in facility settings under regional and international human rights law and lays out an agenda for further research and action."

Defining Disrespect and Abuse of Women in Childbirth: A Research, Policy, and Rights Agenda

Date: October 2014 Topics: Disrespect and Mistreatment during Pregnancy    Resource Types: Publications
This article reports on the approach to define disrespect and abuse developed by two affiliated projects in Kenya and Tanzania. They are some of the first initiatives to systematically measure the prevalence and nature of disrespect and abuse.

Respectful Maternity Care: Country Experiences

Date: November 2012 Topics: Disrespect and Mistreatment during Pregnancy    Resource Types: Publications
This USAID report highlights experiences of disrespectful care and abuse in maternity care, approaches for prevention, and ways to promote respectful maternity care.

Standards for Improving Quality of Maternal and Newborn Care in Health Facilities

Date: 2016 Topics: Disrespect and Mistreatment during Pregnancy, SRH Education    Resource Types: Publications
WHO published these guidelines for improving quality of care for mothers and newborns in health facilities, with an increased focus on respect and preservation of dignity. This resource is in English and French.

The Mistreatment of Women during Childbirth in Health Facilities Globally: A Mixed Methods Systematic Review

Date: June 2015 Topics: Disrespect and Mistreatment during Pregnancy, SRH Education    Resource Types: Publications
This systematic review synthesizes qualitative and quantitative evidence on the mistreatment of women during childbirth in health facilities to inform the development of an evidence-based typology of obstetric violence.

Obstetric Violence: A New Framework for Identifying Challenges to Maternal Healthcare in Argentina

Date: October 2016 Topics: Disrespect and Mistreatment during Pregnancy    Resource Types: Publications
"This article examines how applying the Violence Against Women framework to address issues of abuse and mistreatment of women during maternal health care provides a beneficial approach for analyzing such embedded structural problems from public health, human rights, and ethics perspectives."

Fetal Anomaly as an Indication for Abortion: An Annotated Bibliography

Date: August 2018 Topics: Health Exception    Resource Types: Publications
This working bibliography shares treaty resources, court decisions, policy guidance, databases, and publications on the legal aspects of fetal anomaly and their implications for counseling, service delivery, and abortion laws and policies. Some sections are in Portuguese.

Legal and Policy Dimensions of Rape-Related Abortion Services

Date: July 2018 Topics: Health Exception    Resource Types: Publications
This annotated bibliography provides a wealth of information on domestic court decisions, treaties, policy guidance, databases, and publications on rape and incest as an exception for abortion bans.

Sexual and Reproductive Health: Core Competencies in Primary Care

Date: 2011 Topics: SRH Education    Resource Types: Publications
WHO presents core sexual and reproductive health competencies that are desirable in primary health care. They reflect the attitudes, tasks, knowledge, and skills that health personnel in primary care may need to protect, promote, and provide SRH. This resource is in English and French.

Advocating for access to safe reproductive health care.