One World Birth is a video resource site designed to inform and inspire expectant parents and birth professionals about the most pressing global issues in childbirth today. As well as producing short films, OWB is also making a series of longer films, the first of which is Freedom for Birth which focuses on Human Rights in childbirth.
Over the past two years, Toni and Alex have travelled throughout the UK to Hungary, The Netherlands, France, Canada and the USA, filming interviews with more than one hundred of the world's leading birth experts including:
Ina May Gaskin, Michel Odent, Sheila Kitzinger and leading academics, midwives, doulas, obstetricians, perinatologists, psychologists, anthropologists, sociologists and Human Rights lawyers.
Freedom for Birth
Freedom for Birth is a new 58 minute campaigning film that re-frames Human Rights as one of the most pressing issues in childbirth today. The film premiered at over 1000 screenings held in 50 countries on one single day with an estimated audience of well over 100,000. The reaction to the film has been incredible and clearly shows there is a passionate desire for global change in childbirth.
In many countries around the world, women are being denied the most basic human right of autonomy over their own bodies. They are too often denied the choice as to how and where they 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 chooses to have a home birth supported by midwives, those midwives face criminal prosecution. Some midwives, like Ágnes Geréb in Hungary, have even been 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.
The film has a positive note, however, as one mother, Anna Ternovszky, took the heroic step of taking her country all the way to the European Court of Human Rights and secured a ruling that has the potential to empower all birthing women throughout the entire European Union.
The film is now sparking a Mothers' Revolution right around the world.
Find out more at freedomforbirth.com