In the case of women who give birth, patient rights and human rights in hospitals are regularly violated or limited. Due to the pandemic, the situation of women in midwife-led units has deteriorated considerably. In addition, women are often unaware of their rights, which means that they do not report violations and are unable to react when they occur.
Under the project, monitoring will be conducted of five hospitals in Wielkopolska, and this will include intervention in certain cases. Eight local female activists will receive training to conduct monitoring and awareness-raising activities concerning rights during prenatal and postnatal care. In addition, legal and psychological support will be provided for approximately 20 women whose rights have been violated. The project also involves webinars and workshops on rights of women during prenatal and postnatal care for more than 175 women who are expecting a baby and their partners. A report will be produced giving recommendations for changes to prenatal and postnatal care during a pandemic, having regard for the rights of women who give birth.
The project will be aimed at future mothers in Poznań and Wielkopolska and local female leaders. It will increase knowledge of the law during prenatal and postnatal care and improve the ability to enforce the law in hospitals, especially in natal and midwife-led units.