We are an informal community of families supporting out-of-hospital birth, promoting awareness of the benefits of natural birth, seeking greater humanization of the birth process as well as prenatal and postnatal care in Lithuanian health care system, and generally making birth more favorable for both mother and newborn in as well as out of the hospital. Our representative group seeks to regulate the issue of out-of-hospital births in Lithuania.
Legal regulations currently in effect in Lithuania stipulate that births in Lithuania can only be attended by an obstetrician-gynecologist or nurse midwife exclusively in a specialized medical facility. Thus, although home birth per se is not illegal, the person who chooses to give birth out-of-hospital is deprived of access to professional medical help, and any medical professionals who might be providing such help would be doing so illegally. Consequently, a woman’s right to chose her place of giving birth is infringed, as well as her ability to take advantage of professional medical help. The rights of midwives and obstetricians to practice autonomously out-of-hospital are infringed as well.
Furthermore, families choosing planned home births frequently find themselves in difficult situations due to the attitude of medical professionals during prenatal and postnatal care as well as the authorities regarding paperwork involved in registering the newborn. The idea of home birth is frequently surrounded by myths and prejudice and portrayed in a negative light.
In April 2012 we addressed the Lithuanian ministry of health care calling to commence working on a project of legislation concerning regulating out-of-hospital births and providing associated health care. In order to better inform the Lithuanian public about out-of-hospital birth, we run this website and provide relevant information to the media.
We are interested in issues related to natural and/or out-of-hospital birth abroad. We monitor related developments in neighboring and other European countries, collect and analyze research data, publications and other relevant data on the subject. This website is meant to share our findings and experiences with you.
Should you be interested in further information about the situation and developments in Lithuania, or have relevant information from your country that might be useful to us, or have any other questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.