Támogatott projektek

Project title Diversity in Maternity Care
Project code NCTA-2013-2903-B
Thematic area Gender and equal opportunities
Name of the organization BirthHouse Assotiation
Postal address 1072 Budapest, Akácfa u. 45, 4 emelet/2
Phone +36-20-395-0556
E-mail fazakas.palma@szuleteshaz.hu
Webpage http://www.szuleteshaz.hu
Project manager Fazakas Pálma
Project timeframe September 15th, 2013 - September 15th, 2014
Amount of support 9,860 €

The main aim of the project is to call the public attention to the fact that the current system of maternity care is basically patriarchal, in which women are oppressed and ruled by the law, and which results in discrimination and regular violence against women. We highlight the specific problems and needs of women at a disadvantage who suffer from a cumulative effect of the system.

The program series consist of five one-day conferences which start with a public round-table discussion (open discussion about the most important issues and problems) and is followed by workshops (discussion of possible solutions, recommendations and cooperation).

Thematic focuses:

  • Cesarean-section rates in Hungary and vaginal birth after cesarean-section


  • Roma women in maternity care (31.01.2014.)

  • Motherhood and birth in the women’s reproductive rights movement


  • Women’s financial status and access to maternity care (11.07.2014.)

  • Women with disability in maternity care (September 2014.)


  1. Cesarean-section rates in Hungary and vaginal birth after cesarean-section


In Hungary, the caesarean section rate nationally is around 35%, which is more than double the amount of 15% recommended by the WHO. What is in the background of the high surgical rates? Perhaps Hungarian women have lost their abilities to give birth? Are there other processes, facts, interests that influence how the next generation comes to light? Experts of the topic discussed these specific issues that turned out to be very divisive, not only between the participating groups involved - physicians, midwives, pregnant women – but also within the groups themselves.

The debate in the ’Vaginal birth after Caesarean section – is it possible?’ workshop started with the roundtable statement of Dr. Ferenc Lintner. According to him, in Hungary women given birth by C-section have the possibility to a later vaginal birth, if they wish so. According to the almost 40 participant of the group (most of them mothers, but many professionals as well) the situation is not as positive. In the other participating women had a lot to share: experiences, needs, demands from the women’s side and possible ways towards a women-centered service.

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  1. Roma women in maternity care (31.01.2014.)

The Hungarian Roma ethnicity is not homogenous: their culture, social-economical-geographical status and circumstances greatly vary. Although there are general problems and challenges that Roma women may face in the maternity care system, the specific needs, demands and problems of the different communities have to be identified and stated with the help of representatives of the local community and stakeholders living and working in that area. This was the leading topic of the panel discussion. On the other hand, some problems that Roma women may experience originate from the shortcomings of the system of maternity care, and are not Roma-specific. We firmly believe that ensuring universal rights of childbearing women would directly lead to the elimination of many Roma-specific problems.

In the workshops we defined the first steps toward a culturally appropriate, women-centered maternity care for Roma women and discussed the possible ways of strengthening Roma women and their communities. We also improved our skills to respectful, culturally appropriate communication with communication situations and exercises.

  1. Motherhood and birth in the women’s reproductive rights movement


Within the idea of social justice, the vision of reproductive justice encompasses all women and girls, all aspects of women’s lives and health. The reproductive rights framework is a legal model that serves to protect an individual woman’s right to reproductive decision-making. The reproductive justice framework employs a broader, intersectional analysis that emphasizes the ways that race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, age, and ethnicity status can affect a person or community’s reproductive lives.

However, contemporary discourse has largely ignored birth as a worthy focus of advocacy for women's reproductive rights and justice.

Work-life balance, family planning, positive birth experience, being a mother-at-home, social expectations, (is there any) discussion on women’s reproductive rights… How is it to be a women in Hungary? How does the society see women? How do we see ourselves? Why is obstetric violence still a taboo?

We started with a heated debate in the panel discussion which continued in the workshops and well beyond…

Childbirth has deep personal and cultural significance in the lives of women and families all around the world, and represents a time of intense vulnerability. Thus the notion of safe motherhood must encompass respect for women’s human rights, and the human rights discourse must also pay attention to fundamental birth births of women. The goals of reproductive justice should also fully address and incorporate not only women’s ability to make decisions about whether and when to have children, but also about the circumstances of their birth and how they are treated during the critical times of labor and childbirth.


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