A POWERFUL story about birth will be told in a film to be screened at a Stroud pub.
Described by the filmmakers as "the biggest event in the history of birth activism", Freedom for Birth will be screened 1,000 times across the world in 1,000 locations and 17 languages - including The Prince Albert in Rodborough on Monday, November 26 at 8pm.
Freedom for Birth tells the story of Hungarian midwife Agnes Gereb, imprisoned for supporting women during home births and the subsequent successful European Court of Human Rights case that has major implications for childbirth around the world.
Filmmaker Toni Harman says, "the court ruling means that every birthing woman in Europe has the legal right to decide where and how she gives birth."
Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), says: "The making of this film, which the RCM is supporting, will go a long way to help make skilled maternity care a reality for those women who currently do not have access to it."
Hermine Hayes-Klein, US lawyer and organiser of the the recent Human Rights In Childbirth conference at the Hague says, "Freedom For Birth holds the answer to changing the system. Birth will change when women realise they have a right to meaningful support for childbirth and claim that right. Birth will change when women stand up against the abuses that are currently suffered in such high numbers and say, No More."
Filmmaker Alex Wakeford concludes, "With the release of Freedom For Birth, we hope millions of women become aware of their legal rights. With stories of forced caesarean sections and persecution of those providing woman-focused care, it doesn't make for easy viewing but has the potential to spark a revolution in maternity care across the world. In fact, we are calling this the Mothers' Revolution."