Who should we entrust birth to?

An event jointly organized by FES, the EMMA Association and the movement “Respectful maternity care!”

In many countries of the East-Central European region, independent birth movements have arisen in recent years aiming at improving the present maternity care systems. These grassroot movements, for instance in Poland, Slovakia and Hungary, highlight the need for an evidence-based, woman-centered maternity care as well as try to influence public discourse on birth issues.

Is birth a political or a private issue? How does a woman-centered maternity care look like? How can we define the responsibility of political power, legislation, health institutions, health professionals and women? What are the human rights aspects of childbirth? How can informed decision-making processes, respect and dignity be ensured in childbirth settings? How do the competence of women and health professionals relate to each other? Is birth a feminist issue at all?

We kindly invite you to discuss these and other related questions together with experts and health professionals from Poland, Czecz Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.


Chair: Andrea Csörgő, perinatal consultant

15.30 – 16.00: Registration

16.00 – 16.30: Opening remarks
Eszter Kováts, Project leader, “Gender Equality in East-Central Europe”, FES

16.30 – 18.00

Birth as a human right and feminist issue
Garai Mixi,Movement for Respectful Maternity Care in Hungary
Challenges of the Hungarian maternity care – from the perspective of an obstetrician

Dr. Zsolt Zákány, Director, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Gróf Tisza István Hospital, Berettyóújfalu

Birth, Respect, Safety – Birth Movements in Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland
Zuzana Krišková PhD, Ženské kruhy [Women’s Circles]
Zuzana Candigliota, Liga lidských práv [the League of Human Rights]
Małgorzata Darmas, Fundacja Rodzić po Ludzku [Childbirth with Dignity Foundation]

18.00 – 18.30 / Coffee Break

18.30 – 20.00
Discussion: Ways to develop a woman-centered maternity care in Hungary
Dr. Balázs Bálint, obstetrician-gynaecologist, Szent Imre Hospital
Dr. Orsolya Gutmann, obstetrician-gynaecologist
Szabina Kerényi, Movement for Respectful Maternity Care in Hungary
Erika Schmidt, Projekt director, EMMA hub – Women’s Association for Birth Rights in Hungary
Dr. Zsolt Zákány, Director, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Berettyóújfalu

20.00 / Finger buffet

English-Hungarian interpretation is provided.

Participation is free of charge but requires registration by 23th March at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfZYcf3vMFoIH6CBUDmR0ylWcLhrUjePchUTHoyWgp48gHkpw/viewform?c=0&w=1

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For the registration please indicate your affiliation and position.
If required we can offer child-care free of charge during the event. In that case registrations are requested by 19th March.