Here we have listed organizations and groups that advocate for women’s rights in childbirth and/or work to improving women’s choices in childbirth. If you have an organization that we should list here or know of another relevant article that we should include, please let us know.
Human Rights in Childbirth
A grass-roots network of men and women working from around the globe to examine the role of human rights in birth care systems worldwide.
A non-profit grass-roots organization that advocates for everyone’s basic human right to respectful, peaceful, humane birth. We focus on:
1. Ensuring respect for maternal choices during childbirth
2. Preventing obstetric violence against birthing women
3. Normalizing birth as a dignified, natural, intimate, mother-led physiological process
Founder: Kalina Christoff
Board of Directors: Kate Althouse, Jessica Austin, Tara Burkhart, Kalina Christoff, Elodie Joy Ramjheetun
Mothers of Change
A non-profit consumer advocacy group advancing mother-friendly care, by:
1. Providing education and information to expectant and new mothers, other members of the public, and health care professionals on evidence-based best practices for maternity care
2. Researching and facilitating communication about mothers’ experiences of maternity care and practices of maternity care providers and how they can be improved
Founder: Asheya Hennessey
Executive Director: Chelsea Salazar-Casson
Local Canadian groups and contacts
Kalina Christoff: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Austin: email@example.com
Tara Burkhart: firstname.lastname@example.org
Elodie Joy Ramjheetun: email@example.com
Vancouver Birth Trauma
A peer-support group for women in the lower mainland who have been through traumatic childbirth.
Sara Darwin: firstname.lastname@example.org
Advocates for Birth Choice – Comox Valley
Contact: Natalie Raedwulf, 250-218-0168
Mid Island Birth Support (MIBS) group
A peer to peer support gruop for birth mothers who had a difficult or traumatic birth experience. Attendance at meetings is confidential.
Mothers of Change – National Capital Region Chapter
Contact: Celine Ouellette, email@example.com
Contact: Nancy Salgueiro, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact persons: Wendy Jolliffe, Gina Merlin, Margaret Crothers, Nancy Salgueiro or Robin Guy
Contact: Robin Guy, email@example.com
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, Donna Todd or Jenya Levin
Contact: Kate Althouse, email@example.com
Contact: Lisa V Wass
Local organizations and groups around the world
A UK organisation dedicated to improving women’s experience of pregnancy and childbirth by promoting respect for human rights.
A non-profit organization registered in the UK that supports maternal rights and choices in childbirth.
A Facebook page for mothers and fathers that suffered obstetric violence in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Catalan association for respectful childbirth
Relevant blogs and articles
Abuse in Hospital-Based Birth Settings?, by Susan Hodges, Journal of Perinatal Education, v 18(4), Fall 2009
Yes means yes, by Janet Fraser on janetfraser.id.au
The dirty secrets of birth rape, by Scott Dunlop on parent24.com
Unhappy Birthdays, Part 1: Why more mothers are saying they were “birth raped”, by Bianca Pencz on vancouverobserver.com
Unhappy Birthdays, Part 2: The politics of “birth rape” and mothers with PTSD, by Bianca Pencz on vancouverobserver.com
Unhappy Birthdays, Part 3: Why “birth rape” continues to happen, by Bianca Pencz on vancouverobserver.com
Women’s right in childbirth, by Erika Thompson on beautifulbirths.org
“Obstetric violence” and the ongoing movement to redefine consent, on feministing.com
Join the Revolution of Roses: A movement to end obstetric violence against women, by Kalina Christoff on mothersofchange.com
“Obstetric violence” introduced as a new legal term in Venezuela, on theunnecesarean.com
“Mars Attack”: Violation of Women by Care Providers At Birth, by Judy Cohain, on greenmedinfo.com
Relevant videos from other groups
For Humanize Birth’s videos, see our video blog
Babel: Voices of a medical Trama, the traumatic childbirth story of a pediatrician
Parir amb respecte (Birth with respect), by DONAllum (in Spanish, subtitles in English available in the video captions)