Childbirth as a Human Rights Issue.

image credit: Bas Silderhuis

Expressed in an important film.

This post, and the films included within it, exposes the general outlawing of home births in the Western world. Even here in the States, midwives who practice in a state that doesn’t recognize their certification will be prosecuted. 

The film by One World Birth looks at human rights as it pertains to women and childbirth.

And the imprisonment of Agnes Gereb, the Hungarian midwife. She has over three thousand births under her belt, yet because homebirth is illegal in Hungary she sits imprisoned in her own home.

But the film also goes beyond Agnes’s plight. It looks at birth throughout the Western world.

This is an issue close to my own heart. As a childbirth educator, I see women every day who feel like they’ve been steamrolled by the system.

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Deena Blumenfeld RYT, RPYT, LCCE is a certified Yoga instructor at the 200 hr level, a certified Khalsa Way™ Prenatal Yoga instructor and a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. She is also a mom of two – a son, born via c-section and a daughter, her VBAC. She is an active member of the local ICAN chapter and a member of the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services. Deena is also the owner of Shining Light Prenatal Education, where she teaches prenatal yoga, childbirth education, breastfeeding and much more.

Original article by Deena Blumenfeld  posted in elephant journal, May 30, 2012.

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