Agnes Gereb freed from house arrest

Hi to all,Yes, it has finally happened! Agnes is now free from house arrest after 3 years, 4 months and 15 days deprived of her liberty. It came about in these last days when the appeal made by Agnes¨s legal team to the severity of the house arrest conditions was upheld by the Court of […]


Three years is a long time. Three years in confinement is a very long time. Three years in confinement when you have done nothing wrong is a very, very long time. Through prison and house arrest, she has retained her strength, her dignity, her reputation and she has remained true to herself and her beliefs. […]


Update June, 2013 January, 1998, Parliamentary Human Rights Ombudsman affirmed that the Hungarian Constitution upheld the right of mothers to give birth at home. From 1998 to 2011 homebirth parents and Independent Midwives waited for successive governments to introduce the necessary legislation to support medical services into the home. In the absence of legislation parents wishing […]

Report on the ongoing criminal trial against Dr. Ágnes Geréb

Dr. Ágnes Geréb was arrested and imprisoned on 5 October 2010, in relation to a birth incident, then after 2 and a half months (77 days) of detention she was transferred to house arrest. Dr. Geréb has been in house arrest since then and she is not allowed to leave her home without the permission […]

Extract from Dr. Geréb’s testimony, 6 December 2012

Whoever gave birth with my assistance during my prohibition from practicing as an obstetrician  knew that I was under prohibition from that activity – and only that one. I was not under prohibition from working as a psychologist or as a midwife. My activity, although unregulated, was not illegal. Whatever I did during my assistance […]

The UN Committee, CEDAW, raise their concerns about the situation of Dr. Ágnes Geréb and home birth in Hungary

Joint press release of Birthhouse Association and the Justice for Ágnes Geréb Movement (JAGM) March 21, 2013. On February 14, 2013, the Committee for the Advancement of Women of the UN (CEDAW) held its four-yearly oral hearing on Hungary about the state measures recently introduced by the State to eliminate discrimination against women. After hearing […]

Danish foundation “A Good Start in Life” award their 2013 professional prize to Dr. Ágnes Geréb

Danish foundation “A Good Start in Life” award their 2013 professional prize to Dr. Ágnes Geréb March, 19th, 2013. The Danish Foundation ” A Good Start In Life” have announced the awarding of their prestigious annual professional prize for 2013 to Dr. Ágnes Geréb. The award is being given in recognition of Dr. Geréb’s woman and family-centered […]

Ágnes Geréb – Ashoka fellow

Ágnes Geréb: Fresh set of pure oxygen

In 1990 I managed to get to America to study homebirths. Previously I had already succeeded in attending a few homebirths in Hungary and during the time I could spend in America I got reinforced that the path I had stepped on was the right path; that childbirth is childbirth; the same here as there; […]

Betty-Anne’s River Rant to Agnes Gereb under house arrest for attending homebirthes

Having been to Budapest several times 2002-2005, shortly after Agnes Gereb lost her license but before the Hungarian authorities put her in jail, our group of American and Canadian midwives has been particularly alarmed by what is now happening to her. This is a short history of childbirth as it merged between North America and […]