Maternal health is not only a problem for Southern countries

In 2013, there were 1,900 maternal deaths in Europe, and one woman in 10 did not have access to antenatal care. The participation of mothers is essential for addressing the challenges of maternal health, also in Europe.

MMM’s primary areas of action in Europe are the fight against obstetric violence and ill-treatment, the prevention of obesity and the promotion of maternal mental health.

 

The fight against obstetric violence

Make Mothers Matter, in collaboration with some of its members and other European NGOs in the field, advocate for maternal health services which respect mothers, without violence and not over-medicalised.

It is also important to try to establish ways to raise awareness at European level, and provide guidelines on respectful and non-abusive care during childbirth, recognition of the link between mental and physical health, and t respect for human rights including the right of all mothers and their families to receive proper and quality care.

 

Prevention of obesity 

Because of its involvement in the DORIAN European Project on the impact of maternal obesity on children, MMM’s European delegation has been invited to take part in the European Childhood Obesity Group’s conference, to discuss childhood obesity.

MMM will collaborate with ECOG to focus attention on the role of parents in the fight against this problem.

 

Promotion of maternal mental health

In April 2017, on the World Health Day dedicated to depression, Mental Health Europe (MHE), MMM and the European Women’s Lobby joined forces to break the silence surrounding post-natal depression.

According to the World Health Organisation, globally between 10-15% of women who have just given birth, suffer from post-natal depression – including in Europe.

We strongly support WHO’s request for additional research in the field of post-natal depression as well as on the impact of obstetric violence on the psychological well-being of women.

 

 

News from the European Delegation on Mothers and Health

civil society joint statement: time to stop obstetric violence

25.11.18

On this day, we would like to spotlight the need to promote respectful maternity care and the involvement of women and women’s groups in decisions concerning childbirth policies and practices in full complia

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MMM joins the #WhatWomenWant campaign

11.04.18

We are happy to join the #WhatWomenWant campaign meant to hear directly from at least 1 million women & girls worldwide about how they define quality, equitable and dignified maternal and reproductive healthcar

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MMM joins the World’s Biggest Mama Meet up

08.03.18

International Women's Day, March 8th, 2018 - Make Mothers Matter joins the campaign launched by Mindr and the United Nations Foundation's Global Moms Challenge.

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Statement on International Day on the Elimination of Violence against Women: Time to stop obstetric violence

25.11.17

La Goccia Magica, CiaoLapo, the Italian Obstetric Violence Observatory and Make Mothers Matter (MMM) spotlight the need to promote respectful maternity care in full compliance with the World Health Organization

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International Day for Maternal Health: Let’s talk about post-partum depression

11.04.17

This year’s International Day for Maternal Health we want to shed a light on depression, one of the most common mental health problems in Europe.  

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Europe Summit “Human Rights in Childbirth”

19.10.16

On 19th October 2016 MMM helped organise and was a speaker at the Human Rights in Childbirth Fourth European Summit.

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