Maternal health is not only a problem for Southern countries

In 2013, there were 1,900 maternal deaths in Europe, and one in 10 women 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 focus 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 that respect mothers, without violence and are not over-medicalised.

Also, it is important to try to establish attempts to raise awareness at the European level by providing guidelines on respectful and non-abusive care during childbirth that recognizes the link between mental and physical health, and ensures 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 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 that was 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, 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

Make Mothers Matter submits reports on obstetric violence to UN special rapporteur

20.05.19

On May 17th 2019, MMM submitted two reports to Ms. Dubravka Šimonović (UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women) on the issue of "Mistreatment and violence against women during reproductive health care

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Civil Society Joint Statement: Time to stop obstetric violence

25.11.18

Brussels, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - Mothers need positive pregnancy and birth experiences, as well as respectful maternity care. Worldwide, laws and practice still do not

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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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