by Asha S. George, Casey Branchini, Anayda Portela
PLoS ONE 10(10): e0138116 – Published: October 7, 2015
Twenty years after the rights of women to go through pregnancy and childbirth safely were recognized by governments, the authors assessed the effects of interventions that promote awareness of these rights to increase use of maternity care services. Despite searching multiple sources of information, while some studies did report on activities to raise awareness of rights, few detailed how they did so and very few measured effects on health outcomes. Promoting awareness of rights is one element of increasing demand for and use of quality maternity care services for women during pregnancy, birth and after birth. To date efforts have not been well documented in the literature and the program theories, processes and costs, let alone health effects have not been well evaluated.