They discuss the situation in Hungary where Agnes Gereb is the center piece in the documentary Freedom for birth that had premier all over the world yesterday. We fight for freedom in birth around the world, that women should have the right to chose where to give birth and midwives should not be criminally prosecuted for their work in home birth.
In Danmark they do have a government supported laws for home birth and the two midwives in the interview are home birth midwives. They advocate for women having the right to chose the place they feel safes to give birth to their children. Where the obstetrician stated that the birth process and the woman’s experience was not important, what is important is that the child survives and the woman survives childbirth. Isn’t that proof enough that obstetricians are medically trained and they do not understand the true process of childbirth. They are working by the Medical Model where birth is risky and dangerous until it is over and that model is taking over how the public sees the process. Fear and power runs our birth process in the hospital so there is no wonder the number of planned c-sections is going up when all when hear is that birth is dangerous and their bodies are not capable of giving birth.
The OB/GYN in the interview states that there is an increase babies birth weight but women pelvis is not getting any bigger. Maybe she should read that studies that when a woman is lying down her pelvis gets smaller while it gets up to 30% bigger when she is in upright position. Women give birth on their back in hospitals so there is no wonder bigger babies are not getting through and more medical interventions are necessary.
This interview is typical for a conversation between midwives and OB/GYN’S where the midwives refer to scientific studies done recently on the matter where the OB/GYN runs a scare tactic and seems to be talking about her personal opinion not based on any researches or facts. She says that in the hospital where she works around 75% are natural births. They are even considering adding pitocin births as a natural birth where midwives think as soon as you start a stimulating drop you knock out all natural hormones in the body and the birth is no longer natural.
This is a discussion that needs to happen more often until the knowledge of scientific research is know to all hospital staff all around the world.
The revolution starts now.
I would so love to put subtitles on this for you! To listen to the midwife describe how they work in Iceland is absolutely amazing. This is how birth should be around the world. It is wonderful that the little island in the middle of the Atlantic is so close to nature and midwives know how important it is to let nature take its course. Women should give birth at home if they wish, they should not lie on their backs, they should use non medical pain relief such as heat, water such as shower or bath and movement such as dance! I am so proud of my country and I would love to know if they are just as wise when it comes to letting the umbilical cord pulsate finished before cutting.
The revolution of birth is on the rise. Women are taking back their given right to chose where and how to give birth.
Society looks at epidurals, inductions and c-sections as a normal birth these days. Women design their birth after their busy schedule by being induced on certain days or at 37 weeks because God forbid that the baby would get too big. The knowledge and trust in the body is being lost in all the medical mumbo jumbo that birth is dangerous until proven otherwise.
This fear and ignorance makes sure women would never give birth any other place then the hospital under close supervision and schedule of doctors. As soon as home birth is mentioned it is labelled dangerous, stupid and women are called hippies if they are thinking about it. Why on earth should we go back to giving birth without any medical pain management when we can go through birth without feeling a thing?
We are starting to see the result of all the “fantastic” medical care in more sick children and women don’t get to experience their full potential or what their body is really capable of.
Freedom For Birth is a movie, a documentary about the Hungarian midwife Agnes Geréb and her fight for human rights in childbirth. She has been delivering children in peoples homes for many years and now she has been prosecuted for her work. This is a scandal and the world should start recognizing the work midwives do and that home birth is not a dangerous choice but a healthy and safe place for children to be born.
On September 20th 2012 the movie Freedom For Birth will be screened all over the world. People will get together in movie theaters, conference rooms and private homes, watch the movie and then have a discussion about what they can do to fight for that right in their country. What can we do to get people aware of this terrible thing that has happened to the most beautiful and sacred ritual that women will go through, giving birth. At the same time we challenge the government of Hungary to release Agnes and make sure this will never happen to another midwife again!
Witch hunt in the 21st century is just ridiculous! Lets not go back to the 18 hundreds where midwives were burnt at the stake or hung for helping women giving birth. Open your eyes and hearts and support your local midwives, support home birth and support Agnes Geréb!
I have been writing a little bit about your TTC journey and since we are trying for a baby I have started to look into my birth options. As a Doula and because I got a good insight into how hospitals work here in Sweden, I have my heart set on a home birth. I started investigating my options and soon found out that there were a few midwives that attended home births here in south of Sweden. But a few weeks after I started researching I got some bad news. The hospital decided to stop allowing midwives to attend home births unless they quit their job at the hospital and started an independent practice. They called it dangerous and they would not help a “competing practice” anymore. So now home birth is a competing practice to the hospital labor and delivery ward? And they dare to call it dangerous!?
My heart was broken. Was I not going to be able to give birth at home? I decided I will not take this silently so I started a petition and did even more research on home birth in our neighboring countries and on human rights. What I found was chilling. What the hospital is doing is in violation to human rights! There is a case in Hungary where a similar situation occurred and the European court of human rights found the state in violation of human rights.
Tell me this, how can a country, so proud of its Nobel prize and giving money and recognition to people fighting for human rights all over the world, violate our basic right to chose where to give birth to our children? This is Sweden we are talking about.
In Sweden you can chose to give birth via Cesarian section just by meeting with the OB/GYN once, stating you will not give birth any other way. But if you want to give birth at home where you feel safe, surrounded by people you love, in a calm atmosphere you will not get any help. This will result in women giving birth at home anyway WITHOUT professional assistance they should be entitled to!
The absolute worst part is that in Stockholm you can give birth at home, get money from the state to pay for a midwife if you fulfill 10 requirements. If you are have a low risk pregnancy they welcome your decision. They have a similar system in Denmark where they actually have to inform all pregnant women of their option to give birth in a hospital, at home or at a birth center and then they support their decision. Oh, and we don’t have any birth centers here either for some reason.
This needs to be known to the world, that the “holy” Sweden with all its fancy prizes is not doing its job on the home front. I will not be quiet. I know my right and I am willing to fight for it. Don’t tell me home birth is dangerous. That just tells me you are uneducated because research shows home birth is just as safe as hospital birth. Don’t tell me I will regret my decision if something goes wrong. I will never regret my decision because I chose what was right for me and my child and nobody can predict how my birth will be. When giving birth with a midwife present I am aware that she will make sure we transfer to hospital at the first sign of trouble. I trust my body, I trust the midwife and I trust my ability to give birth.