Chandigarh,25.01.18-The stakeholders’ meeting was called in PGIMER to discuss the concept of Respectful Maternity Care (RMC) and devise an action plan to ensure the same.  The stakeholder’s meeting arises from a study on RMC done by the School of Public Health, PGIMER secondary and tertiary level facilities. The study was supported by funding from the White Ribbon Alliance India and MacArthur Foundation. The meeting was attended by gynaecologists, nurses, representatives of obstetrics and gynaecology department of medical colleges, civil society members and academicians from PGIMER.

 Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Dean (Academics) and head, department of community medicine, School of public health, PGIMER highlighted the power differentials between health care users and service providers. The researchers of the study shared study findings with the

The researchers shared the findings the study on RMC in the stakeholder’s meeting. Dr. Madhu Gupta, Additional Professor of Community Medicine presented the experiences of women in childbirth and ante-natal care.  Ms. Inayat Kakar, Research Co-ordinator, RMC, SPH-PGIMER presented service provider’s perspective on RMC. Dr. Manmeet Kaur, Additional Professor (Health Promotion), SPH-PGIMER presented community perceptions on RMC. The researchers suggested a framework as a way forward to ensure RMC in all health facilities. Recommendations were given at the policy, facility and community level.