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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A day in the life of a human rights centred midwife

25 November 2016

Today started as many of my days do with me going straight into a meeting, no time to grab a drink or check my emails. The meeting was discussing how we improve services for women accessing early pregnancy and gynaecology. … Continue reading

Dubska ECHR judgment: disappointing but not the last word

15 November 2016

The Grand Chamber of the European Court gave judgment today in Dubska v Czech Republic. We wrote about the earlier decision of Court here. The Court reaffirmed that women’s rights in childbirth are protected by Article 8 of the European Convention … Continue reading

Talking about human rights in maternity care helps the wider human rights debate

11 November 2016

“What have human rights got to do with pregnancy?” “I wouldn’t have thought you have any rights – isn’t it about what’s best for the baby?” “That’s not an issue in this country, surely?” Before embarking on a project for … Continue reading

Birthrights intervenes in Supreme Court case

1 November 2016

On the 2nd November, Helen Mountfield QC will be intervening, on behalf of Birthrights and a coalition of charities, in an important appeal, R (A and B) v Secretary of State for Health to be heard at the Supreme Court challenging … Continue reading

Birthrights training eligible for Maternity Safety Training Funding

31 October 2016

Last August, Birthrights, the President of the RCM, and others wrote to the National Maternity Review team stating our belief that “safe maternity care is contingent on respectful care” and asking Baroness Cumberlege to put human rights at the centre of the Review process. … Continue reading

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