Obstetricians alarmed by obstetric violence references in ‘MeToo of childbirth’ inquiry

RANZCOG says the phrase implies that obstetricians were intentionally harming women during childbirth.
Professor Hannah Dahlen.

Doctors are criticising the adoption of the term ‘obstetric violence’ in a parliamentary inquiry into the prevalence of birth trauma.

Dubbed the ‘MeToo of childbirth’, more than 4000 submissions have been made to the NSW Select Committee on Birth Trauma, with women describing their experiences of alleged clinical incompetence and the lack of consent surrounding interventions.