Panel Overview

The Human Rights in Childbirth conference consisted of four panels on each of the two days. Each panelist presented for 5 minutes. Some panelists used slides; others did not. The details of those panels’ topics, and the slides presented by some panelists, are available on the individual panel links below.

Panel 1: Ternovszky v. Hungary: Context and Consequences of the ECHR Decision

  • Moderator: Barbara Katz Rothman, sociologist, USA
  • Anna Ternovszky, mother, Hungary
  • Stefania Kapronczay, human rights attorney, Hungary
  • Istvan Marton, obstetrician-gynecologist, Hungary
  • Imre Szebik, bioethicist, Hungary
  • Elizabeth Prochaska, human rights attorney, UK
  • Karen Guilliland, midwife, New Zealand

Panel 2: Safety, Risk, Costs & Benefits: Weighing Choices in Childbirth

  • Moderator: Robbie Davis-Floyd, anthropologist, USA
  • Peter Brocklehurst, doctor, perinatal epidemiologist, UK
  • Soo Downe, midwifery professor, UK
  • Elitsa Golab, civil rights attorney, USA
  • Helene Vadeboncouer, public health researcher, Canada
  • Jennie Joseph, midwife, USA
  • Jo Murphy-Lawless, sociologist and historian, Ireland
  • Marieke de Haas-van Bommel, anesthesiologist and mother, the Netherlands

Panel 3: The Rights of the Baby

  • Moderator: Anna Verwaal, nurse, doula and photographer, USA
  • Farah Diaz-Tello, civil rights attorney, USA
  • Susan Bewley, obstetrician-gynecologist, UK
  • Noam Zohar, ethicist, Israel
  • Roanna Rosewood, mother, USA
  • Barbara Harper, nurse, midwife, USA
  • Michel Odent, obstetrician, France
  • Anna Verwaal (film)

Panel 4: Collaboration, Competition, Money & Monopoly

  • Moderator: Ina May Gaskin, midwife, USA
  • Barbara Hewson, human rights attorney, UK
  • Marlies Eggermont, lawyer and midwife, Belgium
  • Becky Reed, midwife, UK
  • Amali Lokugamage, obstetrician-gynecologist, UK
  • Elke Heckel, midwife, UK
  • Debra Pascali-Bonaro, doula, USA
  • Jill Arnold, mother and consumer advocate, USA

Panel 5: Perinatal Mortality in the Netherlands: Facts, Myths, and Policy

  • Moderator: Raymond De Vries, Sociologist and Professor of Midwifery Science, USA and Netherlands
  • Hein Bruinse, Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Netherlands
  • Anna Myrte Korteweg, Mother and Author, Netherlands
  • Elselijn Kingma, Professor of Philosophy and Medical Ethics, UK and Netherlands
  • Manon Benders, Pediatrician-Neonatologist, Netherlands
  • Ank de Jonge, Midwife and Researcher, Netherlands
  • Mariel Croon, Journalist and Midwife, Netherlands

Panel 6: Cases on the Edge: Controversial Birth Choices in the Netherlands

  • Moderator: Sandra Bruin, Mother, Netherlands
  • Monique Severijns, Mother, Netherlands
  • Arie Franx, Gynecologist-Obstetrician and Professor of Obstetrics, Netherlands
  • Rebekka Visser, Midwife, Netherlands
  • Robert Kottenhagen, professor of law and ethics, Netherlands
  • Wilma Duijst, forensic doctor and criminal law researcher, Netherlands
  • Joke Meulmeester, Chair Person VVAK (child protective services), Netherlands

Panel 7: Financial Pressures on the Dutch Obstetric System

  • Moderator: Simone Valk, midwife, Netherlands
  • Marian van Huis, midwife, Treasurer, International Confederation of Midwives, Netherlands
  • Jos Becker Hoff, CEO KNOV (Royal Dutch Society of Midwives), Netherlands
  • Hein Bruinse, Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Netherlands
  • Rachel Verweij, Mother and Chairperson of consumer group Het Ouderschap, Netherlands
  • Mary Zwart, Midwife, Portugal and the Netherlands

Panel 8: Ternovszky in Holland: The Future of Choice in the Dutch Obstetric System

  • Moderator: Michelle ten Berge, Midwife, Netherlands
  • Barbara Wijsen, Secretary General, Commission for Perinatal Health (CPZ), Netherlands
  • Gunilla Kleiverda, Obstetrician-Gynecologist and President Board Women on Waves, Netherlands
  • Fleur van Leeuwen, Assistant Professor Human Rights Law, Netherlands and Turkey
  • Angela Verbeeten, Chairperson KNOV, Netherlands
  • Marjolein Faber, Student of Midwifery and Medicine, Netherlands
  • Jennifer Walker, Doula, Netherlands