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Woman-Centered Pregnancy Care in Hungary

Team Member: Hanga Simon

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EVENT DATE May 24, 2014


Nicholas Rubashkin wrote -

**SPECIAL PERK*** When you donate from now until the end of June you can receive a FREE ebook copy of Dr Sarah Buckley’s "Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering" (First edition, 2005).  SEND AN EMAIL to if you would like a copy!

With the support of a Fulbright Research Award and the Semmelweis University Institute of Behavioral Sciences, over the past semester I have developed a survey which will explore the birth experiences of Hungarian women.  During this time I have collaborated with experts in Hungary, across Europe, and in Canada and the United States.  

Drawing from the U.S.-based Listening to Mothers and the Canada-based Changing Childbirth surveys, our research will similarly ask Hungarian women about aspects of their maternity and newborn care, such as how important it was to have a choice of birthplace, about how well they were supported in labor, and whether they felt pressured to accept obstetric interventions.  Additionally, our survey will explore new areas such as the use of under-the-table cash payments in pregnancy care--a method of payment peculiar to the underfunded health systems of Central and Eastern Europe. 

This is an interesting time to explore pregnant women's experiences in Hungary, where home birth became legal in 2010 as a result of the landmark European Court of Human Rights decision, Ternovsky vs. Hungary. This ruling has implications for birth policies throughout Europe, and indeed, Ternovksy has provoked debate in the U.S. regarding women's rights in pregnancy. 

Your donation will allow us to contract with a survey firm (Ipsos) to gather a representative sample of 1000 Hungarian women. Ipsos is a respected firm and will add validity to our results, thus opening up more publishing avenues and enabling us to have a broader impact.  Your donation will cover survey compilation on the Ipsos platform, translation (English/Hungarian), distribution, and submitting our findings to media outlets within Hungary, Europe, and the US.

Once compiled, I will send the survey's findings to all of you who donate and include a media plan that details to which publications we are submitting. I will also create a brief summary of the results for you to share throughout your social networks. 

**NOTE: If you are a Hungarian woman with a child under the age of five AND you plan to particpate in our survey, please DO NOT donate to our campaign.**

Thank you so much for your contribution.  


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