Birthrights is the UK’s only organisation dedicated to improving women’s experience of pregnancy and childbirth by promoting respect for human rights. We believe that all women are entitled to respectful maternity care that protects their fundamental rights to dignity, autonomy, privacy and equality.

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New research: Disabled women need to be heard and respected as experts about their bodies

20 March 2018

Research published today and commissioned by Birthrights shows that disabled women are generally not receiving the individualised care and support they that they need to make choices about their maternity care. Today’s publication includes and builds on the survey research … Continue reading

Home birth – what are a Trust’s responsibilities towards midwives and women?

7 March 2018

What are the responsibilities of midwives to care for women who have requested a home birth? And how can Trusts best support these responsibilities? Midwives owe the women they care for a legal ‘duty of care’. They are obliged by … Continue reading

Shropshire Midwifery Led Units re-open their doors

5 January 2018

New Year’s Day saw the re-opening of the three Midwifery Led Units in Bridgnorth, Oswestry and Ludlow, which is great news for local women expecting a baby in 2018. A consultation expected to propose their permanent closure and replacement with … Continue reading

Letter to Shropshire CCG about permanent closure of Midwifery Led Units in Shropshire

11 December 2017

On 7th December, we wrote to Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group to express our strong concern over the recent decision to permanently close three Freestanding Midwifery Led Units in Oswestry, Bridgnorth and Ludlow. After the units were shut on a temporary … Continue reading

Recruiting for New Legal Professional Trustee

30 October 2017

Birthrights are recruiting for a new trustee from the legal profession. The role offers an exciting opportunity for a lawyer to get involved in our cutting edge work on women’s reproductive rights and bring further legal experience to our board providing … Continue reading

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