Has obstetric violence increased with the coronavirus?

Les violences obstétricales ont-elles augmenté avec le coronavirus ?

The collective All united against obstetric and gynecological violence is launching a survey to find out the impact of the epidemic on pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum in France.

Parents and babies separated for several days, only in Skype contact, “forced” cesareans, pressure to start childbirth … Treports of gynecological violence have multiplied since the start of the coronavirus crisis in France. The collective Tous contre les violences obsteticale et gynécologique, which is concerned about the consequences of pregnant women since the start of containment, has just published investigation in the form of a questionnaire, to find out the impact of this epidemic on pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum in France. How has Covid-19 impacted women on the verge of giving birth?

For safety reasons, the conditions of childbirth were largely redefined during the epidemic of coronavirus, and more specifically in confinement. Health authorities have for example limited father’s presence at maternity. If he was allowed to attend the birth (in some maternities at the start), only the mother could stay for the time of hospitalization. The recommendations then evolved: the father can be present from the start of work in the birthing room and then two hours after childbirth.

But the collective All against VOG emphasizes that from the start of the crisis, some mothers reported being forced to give birth alone, or being separated from their child, contrary to the recommendations of the French Society of Neonatology and the French Society of Pediatrics. Sonia Bisch, spokesperson and founder of the collective insists: “Women’s rights must not go back during epidemic periods “. In addition, poor childbirth conditions can accentuate risks of postpartum depression, prevent parents from bonding with their baby … The objective of the questionnaire, which has already gathered 1,400 responses, is to assess the consequences of bad practices during this Covid-19 period. In general, Sonia Bisch recalls that the aim of the collective is to “to change the practices of professionals, many of whom continue to deny or minimize the consequences that poor childbirth conditions can have “.

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