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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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The Times gets it wrong: midwifery is safe and women’s birth decisions are not a ‘fad’

11 June 2015

A journalist called me recently asking for a quote for a story he was writing about maternity care. He told me that he was going to expose the dangers of giving birth in midwifery-led units where, he claimed, more babies … Continue reading

The Labour Party’s midwife pledge: what does it mean and can it work?

11 April 2015

The Labour Party launched its Health Manifesto today. The announcement it chose to promote? A guarantee of personalised one-to-one care from a midwife for every woman during labour. Here are the details from the Labour Party’s blog (strangely, the Health … Continue reading

Welcome to our new board members!

10 April 2015

We are very pleased to welcome four new board members to Birthrights. There was a fantastic response to our advert for healthcare providers to join our board and we are delighted to have recruited highly experienced professionals with a track … Continue reading

NHS charges threaten the health of pregnant migrants

1 April 2015

A new report released this week by Doctors of the World has revealed the threat to the health of pregnant migrant women in the UK posed by NHS charging policies. The report found that two-thirds of pregnant users of the … Continue reading

UK Supreme Court upholds women’s autonomy in childbirth: Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board

12 March 2015

The UK Supreme Court powerfully affirmed women’s right to autonomy in childbirth yesterday in the case of Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board. Allowing the appeal from the Scottish courts by a woman whose baby suffered shoulder dystocia in labour, the … Continue reading

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