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Freedom for Birth

Harmen, Toni; Wakeford, Alex; Kanopy (Firm)
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Video; Streaming Video; Online
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Featuring a who's who of world class experts, Freedom For Birth is a 58 minute documentary looking at the issue of women's rights in childbirth. 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 having a normal vaginal birth are sometimes forced by judges to have a c-section 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 Agnes Gereb in Hungary, are even imprisoned. The film tells the story of a young mother from Hungary, Anna Ternovszky, who took her country to the European Court of Human Rights and won a landmark ruling that now gives every woman in Europe the legal right to choose the circumstances of her birth. Featuring the world's leading academics, doctors, midwives and human rights lawyers, Freedom for Birth calls for radical reform to the world's maternity systems so that human rights violations stop and women are afforded real choice as to how and where they give birth. Freedom for Birth premiered on 20th September 2012 with over 1,100 public screenings in over 50 countries in 17 languages with an estimated combined global audience of over 100,000 seeing the film on one day. Freedom for Birth features: FROM USA and CANADA Hermine Hayes-Klein, Lawyer, USA and The Hague Elitsa Golab, Civil Rights Attorney, USA Farah Diaz-Tello, Staff Attorney, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, USA Robbie Davis-Floyd, Medical Anthropologist and Author, USA Holly Powell Kennedy, Professor of Midwifery, USA Brad Bootstaylor, MD, Perinatologist, USA Christine Isaacs, MD, Associate Professor of Obstetrics, USA Sara Vecchione, Registered Nurse, Labor and Delivery, USA Stacie Scott, Registered Nurse, Labour and Delivery, USA Jeanette Carpenter, MD, Family Physician, USA Mickey Mongan, Founder of HypnoBirthing, USA Ina May Gaskin, Midwife and Author, USA Jennie Joseph, Midwife, USA Therese Hak-Kuhn, Executive Director, ToLabor, USA Marilyn Curl, Past President, Lamaze International, USA Tracy Wilson Peters, Executive Director, CAPPA, USA Anne Wilson, President, Canadian Association of Midwives, Canada Geradine Simkins, Executive Director, Midwives Alliance of North America, USA Carol Gautschi, Midwife and Educator, USA Elizabeth Davis, Midwife and Educator, USA Debra Pascali-Bonaro, Filmmaker and Doula, USA Charity Pigeau, "Where's My Midwife?" Ontario, Canada Maria Radonicich, "Where's My Midwife?" Ontario, Canada FROM UK and IRELAND Elizabeth Prochaska, Human Rights Barrister, Matrix Chambers, UK Lesley Page, Professor of Midwifery and President, Royal College of Midwives, UK Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive, Royal College of Midwives, UK Denis Walsh, Associate Professor of Midwifery, UK Soo Downe, Professor of Midwifery, UK Michel Odent, MD, Obstetrician and Author, UK Shiela Kitzinger, Social Anthrologist and Author, UK Sheena Byrom, Midwife and Author, UK Beverley Beech, Honorary Chairperson, AIMS, UK Cecily Begley, Professor of Midwifery, Ireland FROM HUNGARY, AUSTRALIA, THE NETHERLANDS and CHINA Anna Ternovszky, Mother, Hungary (The woman who took her country to the European Court of Human Rights and won a landmark ruling: ECHR, CASE OF TERNOVSZKY v. HUNGARY, Application no. 67545/09, 14th December 2010) Agnes Gereb, Midwife, Hungary Nick Thorpe, BBC Central Europe Correspondent, Hungary Stefania Kapronczay, Lawyer Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, Hungary Orsi Rozgonyi, Home Birth Advocate, Hungary Sally Tracy, Professor of Midwifery, Australia Sarah Buckley, MD, Family Physician and Author, Australia Sandra, Mother, The Netherlands Ngai Fen Cheung, Professor of Midwifery, China
Release Date
2012
Language
In English
Notes
  • Title from title frames.
  • In Process Record.
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015.
Recording Info
Originally produced by Alto Films in 2012.
Publisher no.
1132994 Kanopy
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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