The Active Motherhood Movement (Hnutí za aktivní mateřství – HAM – originally “Movement for an Active Childbirth”) was founded in the spring of 1999 by several mothers whose eperiences in Czech maternity hospitals urged them to raise their voices and offer their help in the implementation of the desired reforms. While many things have changed in the Czech Republic over the past 21 years, authoritarian childbirth practices unfortunately still prevail. In most cases, the birth is directed by physicians who make decisions on behalf of the labouring mothers. Such practice, based on medical intervention, leads to actual denial of woman’s autonomy in giving birth to her child. Mothers giving birth are are usually perceived by medical professionals as incompetent and powerless patients.
The Active Motherhood Movement is an association open to anyone concerned with improving the Czech Republic’s maternity-care system – not only to mothers, but also to fathers, midwives and nurses, doctors, psychologists and to general public as well. HAM’s immediate goal is to change Czech maternity hospitals into supportive and friendly places that would meet the parents’ needs. HAM also seeks to prevent medical practitioners from imposing unnecessary or even harmful interventions and procedures on women. HAM suggest that the maternity hospitals practice should be based on the latest WHO recommendations. We also want to participate in the discussion about the future of Czech obstetrics (including the sensitive question of home births). We would like to help the childbirth to become a positive experience for Czech women.
PLANNED ACTIVITES IN 2012
World Week of Respect for Childbirth 2012 – for the seventh time in the Czech Republic!!!!! (visit www.respektkporodu.cz for more information)
ID number: 70800758
110 00 Praha 1
Tel.: 776 465 461
account number: 2800358114/2010 , FIO bank Czech Republic
Klíčová slova pro tuto životní etapu nejsou jen těhotenství, porod, novorozenec, porodnice, šestinedělí, kojení, zdravotní péče, porodní asistentka, lékař, lékařka, ale zejména EMOCIONÁLNÍ PODPORA, ZDRAVÍ A BEZPEČÍ. Světová zdravotnická organizace (WHO) používá ve svých doporučeních často termín LÁSKYPLNÁ PÉČE. Přejeme všem ženám a jejich partnerům úspěšné splnění porodních plánů a dostatek této láskyplné péče!