Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Freedom for Birth Film

Coming up tomorrow (Thursday 20 September, 7:30 pm), a free showing of the film  'Freedom for Birth' at the Hill Station Cafe, Kitto Road, SE14. It is one of over 1000 screenings taking place internationally tomorrow to launch the film. Freedom for Birth say

'In many countries around the world, women are being denied the most basic human right of autonomy over their own bodies. They cannot choose how and where to give birth. Those that persist in their desire to have a normal, physiological birth are sometimes forced by judges to surrender to surgery or threatened with having their babies taken away by child welfare services. 

In many countries, if a woman wants to have a home birth supported by a midwife, those midwives face criminal prosecution. Some midwives, like Ágnes Geréb in Hungary, are even imprisoned. Freedom for Birth calls for radical reform to the world’s maternity systems so that these Human Rights violations stop and women are afforded real choice as to how and where they give birth'.

As today is the anniversary of my own beautiful daughter's home birth in SE14 I say this is a cause to support! 

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