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Hungarian Midwife Ágnes Geréb Receives 2 Years in Prison

February 10, 2023

The Budapest Court of Appeals announced its sentence for Dr. Ágnes Geréb, an obstetrician and home birth midwife. The court of appeals not only upheld the lower court’s decision, but added to the severity of the sentence. Dr. Geréb is to serve two years in prison, not eligible for parole. The court also banned Dr. […]

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Home Birth in Hungary Update 2012

February 4, 2023

Home birth in Hungary is legal. Only, you can’t have one. Yet.* Women in Hungary have the right to choose their place of birth. Since 2011, we even have brand spanking new regulations that are supposed to govern the work of those attending home births, and lay out the rules for who can receive a […]

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A Tale of Two Home Births

October 27, 2023

By Amy Romano I have two kids, and they were both born at home.  My births were almost carbon copies of each other.  My daughter and son were both born at 39 weeks and 4 days, labor started with water breaking, contractions followed about 30 minutes later, and then labor progressed very quickly.  I had […]

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Midwifery Care - Hungarians deserve it too!

October 26, 2023

by Kiersten Figurski The author of this article, Kiersten Figurski is a practicing midwife in New Mexico. “Planned home birth for low risk women in North America using certified professional midwives was associated with lower rates of medical intervention but similar intrapartum and neonatal mortality to that of low risk hospital births in the United […]

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How YOU can help Agnes Gereb

October 26, 2023

Dr. Agnes Gereb, Hungary’s most prominent home birth midwife, also an obstetrician of 17 years, was imprisoned on October 5th, 2010 for providing assistance to a woman who showed up to her birth center in the advanced stages of labor. Dr. Gereb was teaching a childbirth course at the time to a number of couples […]

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The Shame of Our Nation: How Ágnes Geréb’s Case Became a Human Rights Issue In More Ways Than One

October 21, 2023

A woman should be free to choose where and with whom she gives birth. As it stands in Hungary, although Hungarian law gives her this freedom, it also turns around and prohibits anybody from offering professional assistance. The de facto effect is a loss of women’s choice. However, this threat of prosecution and imprisonment for […]

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Ágnes Geréb in Prison; Two Paradigms Collide

October 21, 2023

Ágnes Geréb, the Hungarian home birth midwife, was arrested in October 5th, 2010 after an ambulance, and then the police, were called to a precipitous birth at Sunlight Birth House in Budapest, Hungary. Dr. Geréb is an obstetrician with more than 10 years of hospital experience, and more than 20 years of out-of-hospital experience. In […]

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Living Chain Demonstration for Choices in Birth

October 11, 2023

Dear friends and supporters! Dr Ágnes Geréb’s case continues on Tuesday, October 12th, 2010. On this occasion, let us stand up to form a LIVING CHAIN between Honvéd tér and Parliament! Our goal with this peaceful demonstration is to ask for help from the representatives and ministers who lead the country. Help us to solve […]

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Home Birth in Hungary - One Apprentice Midwife’s Experience

October 7, 2023

I stopped attending home births in Hungary in 2009 because I was afraid. I was afraid of exactly what happened to Dr Geréb and some of the members of her midwifery practice. I was afraid I’d be thrown in jail after a hospital transfer, or an ambulance call, a maternal hemorrhage or a newborn death […]

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