MÁSÁLLAPOTOT "other condition"Vote! Share!
So that you don’t have to fear any more,
So that you can say it loud,
Because each story is important - Changes is maternity care
The movement called Másállapotot a szülészetben (which is a pun, because Másállapot means “other condition” literally, but also a word for pregnancy) is a grassroot, religiously and politically independent, nonpartisan movement, with women as organizers. Women who know that birth is a unique life event with many possible journeys. Comfort, hope, understanding, peer support, attention, the first step of healing. A safe online space, to tell difficult stories and make them heard.
“For me it’s therapy. When someone else writes what I can’t express yet, it makes things a bit easier.”
As a women’s rights movement we give voice to the lived experiences of women, primarily between the time of conception and the postpartum period, whether it is a gynecological exam, labour and birth, or the loss of a baby.
“..strong, cool-headed, composed, professional, dedicated, well-prepared activists, who ask the right questions, oppose, challenge, protest. You see. You hear. And you have a voice. I am willing to shout with you.”
We advocate for the right of each woman and family to be respected in their dignity and in their decisions. We believe that the dignity of women is inviolable, their experiences are formative, their rights and needs are not to be questioned. Women make decisions regarding their body. We believe it is important to initiate a public dialogue on systemic failures, and to recognize the existence of obstetric violence. Instead of the rule of unwritten laws, harmful routines and local customs, we call for the implementation of best practices based on evidence-based, international recommendations and guidelines.
Our mission is to induce concerted changes on the level of individuals, maternity care system and society, in order to implement women-centered care. As a women’s rights movement we represent the voice of women, but we also consider men and siblings as stakeholders in the process.
Our Facebook page has over 15 thousand followers, we have organized several street rallies, roundtable discussion, government-level negotiations and flashmobs, we continuously seek the input of women, families and health care providers, and our activists participate in thematic conferences and meetings to represent the voice of women.
What does it mean to our sisters?
“The wind of change; the voice of women, mothers, babies: the knowledge of possibilities; awareness-raising, more than simple information. For me this community is the hope.”
“You are the ones making me believe that there is a demand for change.”
”Hope! That my daughter will be able to give birth like I also wanted to.”