Alig sikerült hatásvadászra a Guardian címlapsztorija. Hogyaszongya:
“Géreb’s crime is to have spent the past 17 years quietly resisting Hungary’s attempts to criminalise home births.”
Mondjuk azért ez Nick Thorpe factoid meglepett:
“Nick Thorpe, the BBC’s central Europe correspondent, whose five sons were delivered at home by Géreb, says that her trial remains a “complete failure of the Hungarian justice system”.”
Géreb’s crime is to have spent the past 17 years quietly resisting Hungary’s attempts to criminalise home births. Against a background of escalating police harassment and abuse, Géreb helped deliver 3,500 babies at home, one of whom died some 14 months after a difficult labour, another as a result of shoulder dystocia (when the head has been born but one of the shoulders becomes stuck behind the mother’s pelvic bone). A third infant died seven months after suffering a lack of oxygen at birth.
According to the World Health Organisation, Hungary’s early neonatal mortality rate (babies aged 0-6 days) is five deaths in every 1,000 live births. By this measure, Géreb could have expected to see 17 or 18 babies – not three – die during her almost two decades as an independent midwife.
But because the government refuses to regulate independent midwives in Hungary, these cases triggered a criminal investigation and Géreb was found guilty of manslaughter, negligent malpractice and two other charges involving common obstetric occurrences.
The parents of the babies involved, with the exception of one couple, stand by Géreb. Andrea Vagyok’s son died in 2003. She explained why she went on to have three more children delivered by the woman whom she affectionately calls Agi.
“Agi made no mistakes that night,” she says.
Géreb’s supporters – including the Royal College of Midwives, the International Confederation of Midwives, and the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics – say she has been singled out for punishment because of her dedication to the home-birthing cause.
They are going to the European court of human rights on Géreb’s behalf, but the process is expected to take years.
Donal Kerry, international spokesman for the campaign to free Géreb, says that the midwife is being punished because, while the Hungarian constitution upholds the right of women to give birth at home, until last month it remained an offence for any licensed medical professional to help a woman do so.
Nick Thorpe, the BBC’s central Europe correspondent, whose five sons were delivered at home by Géreb, says that her trial remains a “complete failure of the Hungarian justice system”.
Neither Hungarian midwives nor international experts were allowed to testify on Géreb’s actions, he argues. Instead, the court relied on Hungarian maternity doctors: professionals who not only have no direct experience of home births but who officially maintain the statistically unproven position that home births are more dangerous that hospital deliveries.
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