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Hungarian home birth advocate is sentenced to two years in prison

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 29 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2026
  1. Ned Stafford
  1. 1Hamburg

A Hungarian obstetrician and midwife, Ágnes Geréb, has been convicted by a Budapest court of “endangering life” in connection with two separate home births, in each of which a baby died, and was sentenced to two years in prison.

Dr Geréb, who spent 77 days in prison last autumn and remains under house arrest in a separate case still under investigation (BMJ 2010;341:c6229, doi:10.1136/bmj.c6229), would not be eligible for parole until serving at least one year. She was also banned from practising as an obstetrician and as a midwife for five years.

Donal Kerry, spokesman for the international Free Ágnes Geréb campaign, told the BMJ that Dr Geréb will appeal the conviction, with the appeal possibly going to court later this year. Mr Kerry said that the sentence, issued on 24 March, was “a …

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