“Freedom for Birth” – fighting for human rights in childbirth; Special Film Screening
Special Screening of “Freedom for Birth” — a political film about midwifery.
One World Birth, joins together 1000 hosted preview screenings around the country.
A local screening of Freedom For Birth will take place at the Museum of Motherhood, 401 East 84th Street, at 6pm on Thursday, September 20, 2012 organised by Rachel Zucker (co-author of Home/Birth: a poemic).
Q & A and discussion with Jennifer Block (author of Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care), Barbara Katz Rothman (author of numerous books including Laboring On), and Rachel Zucker will follow the 60-minute film.
Admission is free but seating is limited.
**Email Rachel; firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space.
Additional information about this preview screening can be found at: http://www.rachelzucker.net/birthwork/
Freedom For Birth is a 60 minute campaigning documentary featuring a Who’s Who of leading birth experts and international Human Rights lawyers all calling for radical change to the world’s maternity systems.
Hermine Hayes-Klein, US lawyer and organiser of the recent Human Rights in Childbirth Conference at the Hague, the Netherlands says, “the way that childbirth is being managed in many countries around the world is deeply problematic. Millions of pregnant women are pushed into hospitals, pushed onto their back and cut open. They are subject to unnecessary pharmaceutical and surgical interventions that their care providers openly admit to imposing on them for reasons of finance and convenience. Women around the world are waking up to the fact that childbirth doesn’t have to be like this and it shouldn’t. Disrespect and abuse are not the necessary price of safety”.
Made by British filmmakers Toni Harman and Alex Wakeford, Freedom For Birth film tells the story of an Hungarian midwife Agnes Gereb who has been jailed for supporting women giving birth at home. One of the home birth mothers supported by Ms Gereb decided to take a stand.