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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Birthrights applies to Court of Appeal to intervene in fetal alcohol case

26 July 2014

A forthcoming court case on criminal injuries compensation for a child whose mother drank during pregnancy could pave the way to the criminalisation of pregnant women’s behaviour, Birthrights and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas) warned today. We have applied … Continue reading

Fighting the Fear: Providing positive maternity care in a litigation culture

23 July 2014

We are delighted to announce an exciting event to be held on 30 September in London. “Fighting the Fear: Providing positive maternity care in a litigation culture” offers a day of supportive discussion and reflection about fear of litigation, its … Continue reading

Home v hospital – the debate continues with publication of NICE consultation

13 May 2014

Here we are again: home versus hospital versus midwifery led unit. Which place is ‘safer’, which mothers are putting their babies ‘at risk’ and so on and on. The place of birth debate is back in the news after NICE … Continue reading

Obstetric violence in Brazil

4 April 2014

This week a court in Brazil authorised the forcible removal of a woman from her home and the performance of a cesarean section against her will. You can read the Brazilian news reports here, translated here. The justification? An obstetrician … Continue reading

Listen to our birth & motherhood seminar

16 March 2014

Missed our first Birth and Motherhood seminar at The Open University? You can listen to a recording of the event in full below. Note – MP3 not supported on Firefox browsers. Your browser does not support this audio format. The … Continue reading

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