Premiere Screening: Freedom for Birth - The Mother's Revolution
ARMS (Association of Ryerson Midwifery Students) is proud to host a premiere screening of "Freedom for Birth - The Mother's Revolution" on Thursday, September 20th, 2012 at Innis Town Hall.
Panel Discussion: 8:00pm (speakers TBC!)
Admission: PWYC (all donations going to support the not-for-profit activities of ARMS)
Seating is first-come, first-served!!
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From the film-makers:
A new documentary that re-frames childbirth as the
most pressing global Human Rights issue today is launching with hundreds of premieres all over the world on the same day, Thursday 20 th September 2012.
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.
When pregnant with her second child, Anna Ternovsky took her country to the European Court of Human Rights and won a landmark case that has major implications for childbirth around the world.