Toni Harman
Toni Harman, filmmaker turned birth warrior.
Co-founder of One World Birth
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Entries by Toni Harman

A Very Precious Free Gift For a Newborn Baby

(1) Comments | Posted 22 April 2016 | (16:14)

If you were asked to name a precious gift to give a newborn baby....

You might suggest a cuddly teddy bear, a shiny new toy, some beautiful baby clothes...

You might think a baby doesn't need any of those, but instead the most precious gift anyone could give would be...

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Human Rights Day 2015 - Human Rights in Childbirth as a Global Movement

(2) Comments | Posted 8 December 2015 | (11:18)

In May 2012, the first ever Human Rights in Childbirth Conference took place at The Hague. The conference brought together lawyers, doctors, midwives, anthropologists and parents to explore the emerging topic of women's rights in childbirth.

I was there filming for our documentary FREEDOM FOR...

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Your Baby's Microbiome: Why Birth to Age Three Is So Critical For Your Child's Health

(0) Comments | Posted 16 July 2015 | (16:01)

When I was pregnant with my daughter seven years ago, I wrote a birth plan. If it was possible, I wanted to have a natural birth in hospital with minimum pain relief and minimum interventions.

In the event, I ended up having an emergency C-Section after four failed inductions....

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Microbirth: Why We All Need to Know About Seeding and Feeding a Baby's Microbiome

(3) Comments | Posted 12 October 2014 | (13:04)

It is difficult to say anything about birth without someone somewhere saying the discussion is making them feel some degree of guilt. The guilt factor seems to have become the elephant in the room.

Guilt is an important emotion that needs to be recognised and addressed. But surely just because...

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Microbirth: The Extra Question Every Expectant Mother Needs To Ask

(6) Comments | Posted 17 September 2014 | (00:00)

An expectant mother attends an antenatal appointment to discuss her birth plan.

If it's in the UK, the expectant mother would probably see a community midwife. In the US, she might see her OBGYN. Together, mother and healthcare provider (doctor or midwife) would probably discuss the risks and...

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Microbirth: Why 'Seeding Baby's Microbiome' Needs to Be on Every Birth Plan

(1) Comments | Posted 12 March 2014 | (14:56)

Two amazing events happen during childbirth. There's the obvious main event which is the emergence of a new human into the world.

But then there's the non-human event that is taking place simultaneously, a crucial event that is not visible to the naked eye, an event that could determine...

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Human Rights in Childbirth - From Niche Cause to a Global Movement

(13) Comments | Posted 25 June 2013 | (00:00)

Over the past year, I've become a champion of a niche cause. Few people have heard of it. But it's a cause that directly affects the health and well-being of millions of women around the world. That cause is human rights in childbirth.

In Europe, a landmark European Court of...

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Freedom for Birth - Can Anyone Argue Against Respecting Women's Rights in Childbirth?

(105) Comments | Posted 2 December 2012 | (23:00)

Childbirth has become a battleground of opinion. Any discussion about birth can quickly descend into a polarised debate; natural childbirth vs technological birth, home birth vs hospital birth, your view vs someone else's view on what is the safest or best way to give birth.

I believe underpinning all...

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Is Our New Film Poster For FREEDOM FOR BIRTH Too Shocking?

(3) Comments | Posted 15 August 2012 | (12:37)

This week we revealed the poster image for our new documentary FREEDOM FOR BIRTH.

The film launches next month with hundreds of screenings around the world on the same day, Thursday 20th September.

"Freedom For Birth" is a hard-hitting 60 minute campaigning documentary featuring over forty of...

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Can One Film Change Birth Around The World?

(0) Comments | Posted 22 March 2012 | (14:36)

Call me idealistic, call me brave, you can even call me stupid, but please don't question my desire to change the perception of birth around the world.

Ask parents-to-be what they expect their birth to be like and you'll probably hear descriptions of fear, pain, a dramatic dash to...

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