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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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Independent Midwifery: An Update From Birthrights CEO

9 February 2017

Following the recent NMC decision on the indemnity cover that IMUK members have taken out, Birthrights has been working to support women who now find themselves without the midwife of their choosing. I wanted to give you an update on … Continue reading

Childbirth and the Court of Protection seminar

3 February 2017

On 8th March, Birthrights, alongside Queen Mary’s School of Law and 39 Essex Chambers, will be putting on a seminar taking a critical look at the recent trend of forced caesarean decisions in the Court of Protection. The seminar (17.00 … Continue reading

Update on NMC/IMUK situation

18 January 2017

Over the last few days we have been fielding enquiries from people either directly affected or concerned by the NMC’s decision about IMUK’s indemnity insurance, asking what they can do. While we await the response to our letter to the NMC, … Continue reading

Birthrights Criticises NMC for Independent Midwives Decision

13 January 2017

Birthrights strongly criticised today a decision by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) that prevents many independent midwives from caring for women in labour. The decision (which relates to the level of indemnity insurance arranged for many independent midwives by their … Continue reading

A view from India: Human Rights in Childbirth

10 December 2016

Today is Human Rights Day 2016. Every year on the 10 December we commemorate the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. So on this day, when we think about how we can … Continue reading

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