Pismo Češkom veleposlanstvu u Zagrebu

12-10-2011

U zapadnoj Europi primaljska struka postoji već stoljećima, a primalje imaju svoje posebno mjesto u zdravstvenom sustavu.  One pružaju kontinuiranu i cjelovitu skrb ženama u trudnoći, tijekom poroda i u prvim tjednima nakon poroda. Radno mjesto primalje može biti gdje god to žena želi: u bolnici, u vlastitom domu, u kući za porode ili u ordinaciji primalje.

RODA se zalaže za to da primaljstvo u Hrvatskoj zaživi kao struka kompetentnih i neovisnih primalja i da žene mogu dobiti kvalitetnu primaljsku skrb. Stoga smo reagirale u slučajevima gdje se primalje i primaljstvo guši u Mađarskoj, a sada i u Češkoj.  Ovdje možete pročitati što se događa u Češkoj, a ovdje možete potpisati Češku peticiju za normalan porod.

Ovo je pismo koje smo 18. listopada 2011. poslali Češkom veleposlanstvu u Zagrebu.  

 

 

 

Embassy of The Czech Republic
H.E. Karel Kühnl
, the Ambassador
Radnička cesta 47/VI. kat

Zagreb

Your Excellency,

We are writing to you as a Croatian civil society organisation with a ten year history of activism that, among other things, works to promote a woman’s right to birth wherever and with whomever she wishes. As such we feel the need to react in the case of Ivana Konigsmarkova, a midwife sentenced to two years in prison conditionally suspended for five years and prohibition of activity for five years for unintentional severe bodily harm, allegedly committed when assisting a home birth (decision currently under appeal).  Most importantly, Ms. Konigsmarkova’s right to an unbiased trial was not upheld since the judge did not allow documentary evidence and expert opinion to be entered into the record.

Throughout Central and Eastern Europe governments and courts are very reluctant to realize the fact that women have the right to birth wherever they choose and that they have the right to quality medical care in the process.  In fact, the European Court of Human Rights upheld this right last year in its decision in the case of Ternovsky vs. Hungary. 


Ms. Konigsmarkova is a professional who advocates a woman’s right to choose where she will give birth and who will be present. We find it abhorrent that a woman’s and indeed parent’s right to choose where their child will be born and who will be in attendance is being compromised and that the justice system is seeking to severely punish those who, guided successful by midwifery and homebirth practices in Europe and the world, seek to offer women in the Czech Republic the same, very basic human right. It is also frightening to see that despite the above mentioned decision by the ECHR, legislation is before a final vote in the Czech Senate stating that anybody attending a woman in labour outside of a hospital is liable for a fine of up to one million Czech crowns.  It is unbelievable that lawmakers believe that they are helping women and their children by pushing out of hospital births underground.  Indeed, this will prove only to make them more dangerous.


Croatia looks towards the Czech Republic, a member of the European Union, as an example in many instances – childbirth legislation reform should not be an exception. We must all work to ensure that birth, a human right, is respected and that parents have the right to choices and to birth outside of a hospital. As such, we urge you to support your government to allow Ms. Ivana Konigsmarkova and all other independent midwives being prosecuted a free trial and enact legislation that honours a woman’s right to choose where and with whom she will birth her child.

Respectfully,

RODA – Parents in Action
Mirela Blazanovic, President

 

 

Objavljeno 21.listopada 2011.