Freedom for Birth

A new documentary about human rights in childbirth


Watch the film that is igniting a global revolution.

Now available to RENT or BUY online.

The online version is in English only at the moment, but foreign language versions will be available soon.

 Over 100,000 people in 50 countries watched the Première of Freedom for Birth on one single day. Now you can watch it here right now!

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Freedom for Birth is a 58 minute campaigning film that re-frames Human Rights as the most pressing issue in childbirth today.

In many countries around the world, women are being denied the most basic human right of autonomy over their own bodies. They cannot choose how and where to give birth. Those that persist in their desire to have a normal, physiological birth are sometimes forced by judges to surrender to surgery or threatened with having their babies taken away by child welfare services. 

In many countries, if a woman wants to have a home birth supported by a midwife, those midwives face criminal prosecution. Some midwives, like Ágnes Geréb in Hungary, are even imprisoned. Freedom for Birth calls for radical reform to the world’s maternity systems so that these Human Rights violations stop and women are afforded real choice as to how and where they give birth. Read more here.


DVDs for personal use / educational use & public screenings are available from our One World Birth site.

The DVD is subtitled in the following languages:

English, Bulgarian, Chinese (Mandarin), Croatian, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portugese (Portugal), Portugese (Brazil), Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish & Turkish.


"I write in strong support of the 'Freedom For Birth' film. The abuse of women's human rights in the area of maternity care is widespread, and it is contributing to the rapid erosion of obstetrical/midwifery skills that used to be considered mandatory for all maternity care providers."

Ina May Gaskin
Midwife & Author, CPM, MA, PhD (Hon.) USA


"Today we encounter a challenge in the politics of birth worldwide. Our united response now will make an enormous difference for women everywhere - bringing birth freedom in place of the technocratic and clock-dominated management that treats us as passive objects of care to be forcibly emptied of our contents. Freedom for Birth spotlights what we must do for women to be able to make informed choices, informed refusals, and discover sexuality and spontaneity in the powerful unfolding of life."

Sheila Kitzinger MBE
Author & Social Anthropologist


"The launching of the documentary film 'Freedom for Birth' is an opportunity to clarify what our main objectives should be – at a planetary level. We must learn how to create such situations that as many women as possible will give birth to babies and placenta thanks to the release of a “cocktail of love hormones”. These objectives are not utopian if we first accept to learn how to protect the physiological processes."

Michel Odent
MD & Author

"I fully support the Freedom for Birth film. The film shows the serious breach of human rights in restricting the choice of women as to where and how they give birth to their babies, even when that care, such as home birth, is a safe choice for them and their baby. In the extreme Midwives such as Agnes Gereb have been imprisoned for her attendance at home births ( there are many other midwives in this situation).

Human rights in childbirth is a crucial and urgent issue, because the way that babies are brought into the world will have a profound effect on them, their families and our world. We need to ensure the birth of the next generation - all around the world - is able to be born in the best place and in the best way for them."

Prof. Lesley Page
President, Royal College of Midwives