Thanks for all the signatures so far. Agnes has been released from prison but we'd still like people to sign the petition. She is under house arrest and faces trial in January, even though the European Court of Human Rights has criticised Hungary's treatment of its midwives.
So please sign! And we will present it to the Hungarian authorities in the New Year.
We the undersigned express our profound concern about the arrest and continuing detention of Agnes Gereb. The criminalisation of midwives who practice outside hospitals is unacceptable in a modern society that respects human rights and the rule of law. We call on you to make our concerns known to the Hungarian authorities. We ask you to use your best efforts to secure her release and an end to the prosecution of Hungarian midwives.
wendy a walker
I do not know of another country in Europe which acts in this inhumane manner. Please use your best efforts in this matter. Thank you very much.
We had our first baby at home. With our experienced midwife (midwives) and the support team we felt safe all the time and are gratefull for our peacefull and interventionfree birth.
When I read about Agnes, I had to think of the feminist movement and female medical doctors. I am so grateful we have all the civil rights and rights to education. However, what I do not understand is why most of us just became part of the male professional world without ensuring that all women have such a basic right as to choose how to give birth. Couldn’t female medical doctors do more for women in this respect? Why aren’t there more women like Agnes in medicine? Does someone know what the stance of Hungarian female obstetricians is on this issue?
Nobody should be persecuted for granting women's choice!
Birth is a human rights issue and can not be owned by anyone except the mother.
The treatment of Dr Gereb and her colleagues is unacceptable. I emplore the Hungarian authorities to rectify this immediately.
Free Agie! It is every woman's (mother's) choice not a government's choice.
it has been too long!
Unthinkable that the persecution of midwives who practice outside of a hospital continues to this day. Who does this this serve?
We will not stop campaigning until we see the release and vindication of Agnes Gereb and the legalisation of the attendence of Independant Midwives at home births in Hungary. The Hungarian government, as an EU Country, is breeching the constitutional rights of Agnes and all Hungarian women wishing to give birth outside a hospital. This corruption WILL be exposed, whether or not Agnes is released. The Hungarian Government can no longer afford to hush this matter up. We will not be silenced.
Alison J Widdup
Please reconsider your destructive actions towards women's choice.
My children were delivered by midwives. Please honor all mothers and all women. Release Agnes Gereb.
My blessings and prayers go out to agnes. your freedom will ring soon!
Stacey Kerr MD
Agnes Gereb provides high quality maternity care. Women need MORE of these providers, and low-risk normal births are safe at home IF there is a qualified midwife or physician in attendance. Putting Agnes in jail is a travesty and archaic, mesogynist behavior.
This is unacceptable in every way. EU members should be trounced out for this type of blatant ignoring of their basic human rights. As supporters of legalized midwifery who had two home births with the high quality assistance of midwives, our family asks for the immediate release of Agnes Gereb and improved conditions for all Hungarian midwives.
Dana Gaskin Wenig
free agnes gereb
I was born in Hungary and cannot believe it is still stuck in the dark ages! Shameful..
Home births are only dangerous when midwives are not allowed to attend and provide support. Birth has been occurring far longer than hospitals have existed. I personally gave birth at home because I was well educated about the benefits of home birth and the dangers of over-intervention in hospitals.
How can bringing babies into this world, in an environment where the mother feels comfortable, be a crime? Free this lady NOW!
I used to be proud of my Hungarian Heritage. Not anymore. This is barbaric. Worse than in the Rakosi era. Shame on a government, that allows this to happen! Hungary has no place in the EU. Maybe in the dark, 3rd World place...
Agnes Gereb is a help to women, not a criminal.
Please free Agnes Gereb at once, and acknowledge the data, as the rest of the world has, that support the value of home births in reducing medical complications to the baby and the mother.
Stop the prosecution of Hungarian midwives.
Rev. Regina-Sophia Siegel
Please FREE Agnes immediately. Many Blessings and Merry Christmas to you.
Jennifer Gadoua, RN, SNM
Mary Jane Capps
Support Women's Rights. Free Agnes!
Melissa Van Dam
The care of pregnant women should not be overruled by money and power mongering.
As a mother of five, and a registered nurse I support a family's choice to birth their babies in the safe healthy environment of their choosing. There are many studies available to support the logical conclusion of a family that their own home is a safer healthier environment that a hospital full of sick patients and nosocomial infections.
As a citizien of the European Community, as a mother, a midwife i ask you urgently to free Agnes Gereb!
A woman's choice about her birthing circumstances is hers and not the states
ML Jolly, midwife
I am deeply concerned that women and babies are being threatened by this criminalisation of midwives in Hungary. What is the problem with the government to hold this hostility to women making homebirth choices?
Sonia Pressman Fuentes
I wholeheartedly support the immediate release of Dr. Agnes Gereb. I am one of the founders of the American second wave of the women's movement.
I cannot believe that any government feels justified in intruding into a woman's life so completely as to tell her where to give birth. This is a personal family matter.
Louise Noah Skellings
Free this woman, for pity sake
Please read world statistics that show homebirth is safer than hospital birth.
Women's rights, women's bodies. Leave us alone, governments!
What kind of a world do we live in where a woman who serves the people well is persecuted while polluters, swindlers, rapists and murderers go free?
Ros and Jon Mackenzie
Every woman should have the right to home birth supported by a qualified midwife. We had all three of our children at home and consider this to have been the best place for the start of a new life. Midwives in all countries should be supported by health authorities to be present at home births. It is shameful for Hungary that Agnes Gereb is in prison for supporting families in giving their child the best start in life - being at home.
pamela jessee L.M.
Please do the right thing for women and families!
Stop prosecution and persecution of Hungarian midwives.
This is truly astonishing. How can a European country get away with something like this?!
I hope this midwife will be as soon as possible free again! What a shame to put this wounderful woman in prison
Clair J. Sullivan
Proud mother through safe home birth!
Please show that Hungary thinks of women's rights by changing this law and dropping all charges against Agnes Gereb
Law can't kill a natural event!!!!
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home birth are evidence based and woman friendly, so they are a human right for women and midwives
I believe one day there will be no gap between "doctors" on one side and "midwifes" on the opposite side in any country in the world. Because their goal, to support women to give birth, is the same, isnt´it?
Not living in Hungary, under what law was Agnes Gereb arrested?
Prof. Dr. Albrecht Biedl
honte à ce gouvernement il oublie que ce sont tous les européens qui le regardent et plus encore depuis sa prise de fonction à la présidence de l'Europe . Attention nous serons vigilants.
unbelievable in a so-called modern society!
Midwives who work in the community should be protected, not destroyed. These ladies accept to assist pregnant mothers under difficult conditions. They should be assisted. Babies are also dying due to hospital infections and the mother should be free to deliver assisted whereever she wants
mum to 3, one born at home with 2 fantastic midwives.
If there has been progress please update your website. If there hasn't been, then how can we increase publicity in this case?
Birth with a midwife caring for mother and baby is the best entry into the world a baby can hope to have. Agnes Gereb should be praised in her work, not vilified
End all prosecutions of midwives worldwide and also in Hungary
So the inquisition is still going on?
Let us not forget that home is the natural place to give birth and at the end of pregnancy woman innately ‘nest’ and prepare for the forthcoming birth of their infant. However, in the twentieth century the shift from home to hospital and the increasing medicalisation of childbirth has influenced how birth is viewed and experienced. As Lord Hunt (2000) stated ‘… if a woman wishes to have a home birth she should receive the appropriate support from the health service. At the end of the day, it must be the woman's choice.’
I support the release of Agnes Gereb and for the introduction of legislation in Hungary which would allow midwives to attend and facilitate home births to meet the human rights and choices of hungarian women.
It's difficult to believe this situation is actually happening. My heart goes out to Agnes. If her practice is to be reviewed it should be carried out by her piers. A court of law cant possibly judge her fairly. Please stop this draconian farce, which has been created to instil fear and submission in midwives and women alike.
THis is ridiculous. Let her go.
Please free Dr Agnes Gereb. She is such a great support of women's choice. Blessings to her and her family.
fernanda mesquita de oliveira
Every woman shuld ahve the right to give birth how ever her cuture or her body ask her too, with information and knowledge.
she is good fou humans births.
Pido y Respaldo la liberación de Agnes Gereb. He parido cuatro hijos en casa junto a su padre y algún profesional que velara con su mayor experiencia por "normalidad" del proceso. Más siempre consideré su asistencia (una vez confirmada mi buena salud y la de mi hijo por nacer) como un complemento de mi intuición, asumiendoinformadamente la responsabilidad de lo que pudiera ocurrir. También trabajo acompañando nacimientos en Clínicas y en domicilio. Ahora espero mi quinto hijo y de ninguna manera delegaría la responsabilidad de las decisiones pertinentes en profesionales apegados a protocolos caducos o que basan su accionar en su comodidad, apuro, creencias... En Córdoba, Argentina, quienes abogamos por la libertad de elegir responsable y libremente donde y como parir encontramos siempre la misma controversia.
Thank you for your work and dedication Agnes
Maria Yael Giles
I was lucky enough to have a home birth for my first child last October with fantastic support from our midwife team. Please ensure that all other women have the right to choose their birth options by not persecuting those who support them to make that choice.
Mother's choice! Not the governments!!
Carolina de la Plaza
Jill Benjoya Miller
Dr. med Karin Hof
I am a family doctor and both of my children were born at home. The number of good outcomes of the babies Agnes Gereb was taking care of is better than in any hospital worldwide.
Please do all your best to free Agnes Gereb and help her to do her job again.
Thank you, Karin Hof
A regulation group is generally a corporation entity formed by anyone or significantly a lot more lawyers to engage inside of of observe of legislation
It's nothing wrong if a woman is giving birth naturally, but everything is wrong if 30- 50 % of all children are taken by cesarians ! You should protect woman and children not the income of hospitals and surgeons.
Allowing women the choice of where and how to deliver their children is not a crime and should not be a privilege. This is a human rights issue!
The option to birth according to one's wishes should be an option open to every woman, everywhere. I applaud and greatly admire the midwives who risk their licenses and, more importantly, their freedom in order to ensure that women have the opportunity to give birth on their own terms. Please, please. please, give Agnes her freedom!
Agnes Gereb should be free! This judgement is protecting the hospital doctor's mistakes in Hungary.
Bianca Cruz Magdalena
Запрет на роды дома -это все равно что запретить дома есть, спать, ходить в туалет и заниматься любовью. Это приносит прибыль врачам и нарушает права человека.
Ligia Moreiras Sena
In all the world, we need people engaged in causes that make the difference to a better life, a better world. We need midwives, woman that dedicated them lives to help other woman to receive their children with respect, love and intimity. The prohibition of the midwife function is to prohibit woman to choice the better form to emancipated themselves. We need midwives. This choice is our. It´s not a choice of the justice.
Fight! Nobody needs to tell me how I have to breath, and nobody needs to tell me where I have to give birth.
Please thoroughly research the work midwives do and homebirths before condemning the practice.
Maria Regina Rocha Ramos
Tatiana R. de A. Maekawa
Carla Rodrigues Perdiz
My support from Brazil. This is a shame.
Lisa Engqvist, Sweden
What a shame this trial is for Hungary. What a shame in front of the whole world. I hope the president will find strength to end the horrific situation.
Éricka Khalil Pereira
claudia van dijk
It seems some people in Hungary follow rules of middle ages.How it is possible?Dr.Agnes Gereb is highly trained professional in Hungary and licensed there.Is this another boy's club ruling.I wonder if the same ruling would be applied to male medical doctor.I pray for you Agnes.My aunt in Poland in 50's went through the same ordeal.And now 60 some years later the same story takes place in Hungary.Women have a choice how they want to deliver the baby.It is not Government to make that choice for them.
Dr. Julian Saurin
The detention and prosecution of Agnes Gereb is an assault not only on her, but on all women and on scientifically-based public health. Midwifery, as practised by Agnes Gereb, undoubtedly provides by far the most effective, safe, sustainable and inexpensive childbirth. Health for all begins with the kind of sound midwifery practised by Agnes Gereb.
This case is a shocking breach of human rights and a complete indictment of the Hungarian legal system. As a woman and a lawyer I am appalled.
women deserve to have the care that Agnes Gereb provides - the actions taken by the hungarian courts is a very sad indictment of Hungary as a mature thinking nation. Agnes Gereb has committed no crime other than to provide woman centred care.
I fully support Dr Agnes Gereb. It is a woman's right to choose a home birth and not some patriarchal group of politicians who know very little about gynaecology or obstretrics or even about real human relations.
Cristina Emanuela Palmas
Come on midwives, we need a show if unity, this is disgraceful.
When I heard about Agnes green I felt I had to support such a compassionate lady.
This is an outrage, how can we have peace on earth when we are destroying the only event that can bring pure joy and peace!
Women have the right to choose where and with whom they give birth!
Bruna Letícia Mainer da Silva
every woman is free to choice where, whom, in which conditions give birth
I am a woman, a mother and a midwife. I read about Agnes Gereb during a visit to Budapest a few weeks ago and talked to some local people, men and women about it, they are enraged at the government's treatment of this courageous woman whom they admire and support. Please take the time to understand why we feel so strongly that she should be freed. She has done only good things, nothing wrong. To acknowledge that her imprisonment was an unjust thing will show to people all over the world that you can be wise and fair.
This is a deplorable situation. The lady should be freed at once.
please free this amazing woman who has done so much to support women in birthing their babies safely and healthily.
Mother of one. Had a wonderful midwife that was with us all through pregnancy until the end of childbed. We also have a great hospital that cooperates with independent midwives and took over smoothly when the need for medical assistance arose during labour.
midwives have served people through the entire human history and still do. it's unthinkable that such a profession should be penalized.
Stop the medicalization of birth.
Louise de Dassel
My baby was born at home into the loving arms of a midwife.
Women having been giving birth since the beginning of time - stop trying to turn it into another money making business!
with much respect & love
Is this truth, In Europe? Let Agnes out and let her do her job with love.
Even on the farm, the kids knew that you never move a cat once she's gone into labour, and you never touch a bird's nest...home birth is physiologically the safest option for most women and thus should be a protected right!
Alina Gadomski Todorovic
I gave birth to two of my children in a hospital but my third was born at home. What a wonderful expirience!
watching from UK and Australia and just shocked at your treatment of Agnes
Watching from Greece and also shocked at your treatment of Agnes.
Judit von Neuhaus
I am very glad that somebody is doing something about this. I hope you will succeed and maybe even fight back. Doctors, who kill children should be imprisoned, not people who save them.
Agnes Gereb is an international heroine and in time will be celebrated as such.
Mary Frances Kiely
It is a crime what the authorities are doing to Agnes..I had 2 homebirths in Ireland. Home Birth is being marginalised by short sighted politicians and the cosy doctor/drugs industry we enable here in the West.
Agnes Gereb is a dedicated and skilled professional who prioritises the health and wellbeing of babies and mothers.
Midwives are at the forefront of civilization, and civilization is judged on how it ttreats it weakest members the very young women and the very old
Homebirth should be a human right available to all women and babies. Informed choice is paramount to a mother's empowerment over the birth she chooses to have. Women like Agnes should be celebrated, not demonized for the tiny number of terrible complications that can occur in any birth, within the home or hospital environment.
Dr Adriana Candeias
After the release of Dr Michel Odent's "Childbirth in the Era of Plastics" and "Function of the Orgasms" it is unacceptable to force human beings to be born in aseptic, chemically lead hospital wards. It is the future of humanity at risk.
she has commited no crime, exept to help a woman and her child, let her go
I had a wonderful legal home birth in the UK with a community midwife, this was my choice as I work in a hospital in NICU and have seen many problems from Mums who labour there.
Homebirth is the choice of the woman, but hindering midwives to assist is putting some women and children at peril. It is a modern-day witch-hunt, and a disgrace on Hungary that Agnes Gereb is not allowed to practice.
Sophie Bakke Engström
The emprizonment of Agnes Gereb is against human rights.