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Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2009 Aug;106(2):125-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2009.03.023. Epub 2009 Jun 16.

Safer childbirth: a rights-based approach.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, St Georges Hospital NHS Trust, Tooting, London, UK.


The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set very high targets for women's reproductive health through reductions in maternal and infant mortality, among other things. Reductions in maternal mortality and morbidity can be achieved through various different approaches, such as the confidential review of maternal deaths, use of evidence-based treatments and interventions, using a health systems approach, use of information technology, global and regional partnerships, and making pregnancy safer through initiatives that increase the focus on human rights. A combination of these and other approaches can have a synergistic impact on reductions in maternal mortality. This paper highlights some of the current global efforts on safer pregnancy with a focus on reproductive rights. We encourage readers to do more in every corner of the world to advocate for women's reproductive rights and, in this way, we may achieve the MDGs by 2015.

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