Background: Disrespect & abuse during maternity care significantly affects a woman's decision to look for service and the quality of care she receives. Yet, its burden is not well identified in the developing regions of Ethiopia, specifically in the study area.
Methods: Facility-based cross-sectional study design was employed. A total of 437 sampled mothers who attended labor and delivery wards of public health facilities of the Assosa zone were recruited using a systematic random sampling method. Data were collected using a semi-structured interviewer-administered questionnaire.
Results: The overall prevalence of D&A was 350 (82.4%). The most reported types of D&A were non‐consented care (68.0%), non-confidentiality (35.5%), and physical harm (33.6%).
Conclusions: The prevalence of D&A was high. Hence, health facility managers, professionals, and other development partners should aim to make healthcare facilities more client-centered and attuned to the community's needs for safe maternity care.
Keywords: Disrespect; Abusive care; Mistreatment; Childbirth; Maternity care.
Disrespect, Abusive care, Mistreatment, Childbirth, Maternity care