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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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Ban on Northern Irish Abortion Upheld

14 June 2017

In a judgment published today, we were disappointed to learn that a Supreme Court appeal, challenging the government’s refusal to provide NHS-funded abortion care in England for women resident in Northern Ireland, has narrowly failed. Birthrights joined coalition of reproductive rights … Continue reading

Birthrights Administrator vacancy

31 May 2017

Birthrights is very excited to be expanding our small team. Are you highly organised? Have experience of running a busy (virtual) office? Then you could be our new administrator! You will be the key to ensuring our organisation runs smoothly … Continue reading

Do I have a right to choose a caesarean section?

24 May 2017

Three and a half years after the original publication of this article, the right to choose a caesarean section remains one of the most common enquiries we receive at Birthrights. Today we are launching a campaign asking you to help us identify … Continue reading

Birthrights responds to Rapid Resolution and Redress consultation

17 May 2017

In March, the Department of Health launched a consultation about one of the key recommendations in the Better Births report – introducing a Rapid Resolution and Redress scheme for families whose babies suffer severe injury due to negligent maternity care. These … Continue reading

New human rights i-learn course

31 March 2017

The Royal College of Midwives and Birthrights today launched a new i-learn module on human rights, which is available to all RCM members. Birthrights CEO, Rebecca Schiller commented: “With the launch of A-EQUIP planning complex care will not longer be down … Continue reading

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