Childbirth with Dignity Foundation / mission, goals and activities.
In 1994 the largest national daily in Poland announced a nationwide campaign entitled "Childbirth with Dignity" as a response to years of humiliation and suffering of childbearing women in obstetric hospitals. Our aim was to initiate a public dialogue on the subject of childbirth in order to transform a taboo topic into a positive one so that women in Poland no longer need to feel humiliated and lonely during such a vital experience.
The campaign was a great success, not only for its organizers (The Ecology Educational Centre, the childcare monthly "Twoje Dziecko" and "Gazeta Wyborcza"), but above all for the thousands of women from all parts of the country who shared their experiences with us in letters and questionnaires. Numerous physicians and midwives actively and positively responded to the call for change and thus began a transformation in the field of obstetrics in Poland. Women no longer have to give birth without the presence of their partner, no longer are denied visitors after childbirth, and are no longer separated from the babies after birth.
In order to keep the idea and the goals of the campaign alive, the organizers founded The Foundation for Childbirth with Dignity.
The Foundation for Childbirth with Dignity is a non-governmental organisation aimed at working with pregnant women and the mothers of newborns and toddlers. Our aim is to empower women so that they may openly express their needs and demand the respect of their rights. Furthermore, the women's experiences are highly publicized in the firm belief that a society that recognises the significance of such issues as childbirth and motherhood will surely become a more sensitive, open and caring society.