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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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Letter to Shropshire CCG about permanent closure of Midwifery Led Units in Shropshire

11 December 2017

On 7th December, we wrote to Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group to express our strong concern over the recent decision to permanently close three Freestanding Midwifery Led Units in Oswestry, Bridgnorth and Ludlow. After the units were shut on a temporary … Continue reading

Recruiting for New Legal Professional Trustee

30 October 2017

Birthrights are recruiting for a new trustee from the legal profession. The role offers an exciting opportunity for a lawyer to get involved in our cutting edge work on women’s reproductive rights and bring further legal experience to our board providing … Continue reading

#Metoo shows we need trauma-informed maternity care

20 October 2017

The outpouring of posts from survivors of sexual violence, assault and abuse as part of the grassroots #MeToo campaign underlines what many of us working in maternity care believe strongly. A significant number of women accessing important services in pregnancy … Continue reading

IMUK’s Judicial Review of NMC Decision: A Guest Blog

17 October 2017

On 18th and 19th October, members of IMUK (the membership organisation for independent midwives in the UK) will bring to court their judicial review of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s decision that their indemnity cover is inadequate. In January Birthrights … Continue reading

How should Health Care Professionals handle a maternal request for caesarean?

13 September 2017

It‘s been unusually noisy in the maternity world over the summer, as media reports have reignited discussion about what a “safe” birth looks like. At Birthrights we believe that the need to listen to women is the mast that all those who care about … Continue reading

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