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Mother’s Voice

Project Promoter: Fundacja Wspierania Rodziny Matecznik
Proposal: 2nd thematic call
Co-financed from the program: 74 174,76 EUR
Partners: None
Duration time: 01.09.2022-30.04.2024

The COVID-19 pandemic brought about restrictions that ‘took away’ the voice of many women on labour wards. A 2021 report by the Foundation for Childbirth with Dignity shows that during the pandemic: 62% of women gave birth without a relative, 14.4% of women in labour had to give birth in a mask and 52% of women had no ‘skin-to-skin’ contact with their baby. As part of the project, we remind women that they have a voice in childbirth and in the hospital. We teach them how and when they should use this voice so that it is heard. We convince them to use their voice for the benefit of other pregnant women. We deliver 30 educational webinars to a total of 750 women on legal issues and on how to enforce the law on labour wards. We organise 30 meetings with midwives for 750 women. We offer 80 hours of individual legal counselling for 40 women. We conduct training for 15 our foundation’s allies as well as watchdog interventions in hospitals in the Greater Poland Province. We are implementing a public awareness campaign and preparing educational materials: including articles and leaflets, which are translated into Russian and Ukrainian. The direct beneficiaries of the project are pregnant women who plan to give birth in the Greater Poland Province, as well as our foundation’s allies, female residents of Greater Poland, who want to support our activities in the counties. As a result, more than 1,500 women, residents of the Greater Poland Province, will receive tools and knowledge about their rights in childbirth and will strengthen their sense of empowerment and influence over lives of other women expecting a child. The project is implemented by the Matecznik Foundation from 1 September 2022 to 30 April 2024.