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Enfermería Actual de Costa Rica

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NASCIMENTO, Samilla Leal do et al. Knowledge and experiences of obstetric violence in women who have experienced the childbirth. Enfermería Actual de Costa Rica [online]. 2019, n.37, pp.66-79. ISSN 1409-4568.

The objective of this study is to investigate women's knowledge about obstetric violence and verify the forms of obstetric violence experienced by women during the labor process. This is a descriptive qualitative study, carried out with 20 women in the Maternity Hospital of Philanthropic Bay. Structured interviews were conducted, which were analyzed through content analysis. As a relevant result it was obtained that most of the interviewees are not aware of the term obstetric violence. The other reported situations were verbal and non-verbal violence, non-consensual invasive procedures, and gaps in care during childbirth. It is concluded that it is urgent to implement measures to ensure the assistance and humanized strategies to empower women to be protagonists in the process of childbirth.

Keywords : Childbirth; Health-of-the-woman; Nursing; Reproductive-Rights; Violence-against-the-woman.

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