The Birth House Association’s mission is to protect and advocate for expectant mothers, women giving birth, newborns, and their families. Currently the main focus of its work is to advocate for and achieve the legal right to undisturbed natural birth and to be born in an undisturbed, natural way; to promote and attain societal acceptance of the same; to protect and advocate for those offering assistance to undisturbed birth. The Association also conducts birth-related scientific research and offers legal aid to parents who choose and to professionals who attend home births. Additionally, it is prepared to undertake advocacy in all cases where a woman’s right of self-determination vis-a-vis her own body is breached. It also readily becomes involved in all other issues that affect women’s health, life, as well as women’s societal equality and equality before the law.
Among our priorities are the following: initiating changes in the Hungarian healthcare system, specifically maternity servises in order to prioritize women’s needs and to humanize the birth environment. As the majority of women give birth in hospitals, it is very important to establish hospital environments that are amenable to undisturbed birth. Undisturbed birth differs from an average hospital birth in that routine interventions are avoided. That is the source of its safety, too, attested by good international statistics. It is a fact that even a minor intervention, (such as the rupturing of the membranes) does carry a certain risk.
Furthermore, the state has an obligation to ensure and create the conditions required in order to allow individuals to make free choices as to the venue of birth, regardless of conditions of usage and ownership.
Most people do not experience structural violence (i.e. violence built organically into the fabric of society) as violence at all. Therefore structural violence is usually invisible, it is natural as the air we breathe.
The human rights of women include our rights to dispose freely and responsibly over our sexuality, including our sexual and reproductive health, and to be able to exercise and control them free of coercion, discrimination or violence.