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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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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

Response to IMUK’s Judicial Review of NMC decision

27 March 2017

Speaking after the release of a statement from IMUK this week (22/03/16), Rebecca Schiller, chief executive of Birthrights, said: Birthrights supports the actions of this group of independent midwives and women who have announced their intention to bring a judicial … Continue reading

Rapid Resolution and Redress scheme – consultation now open

14 March 2017

A Rapid Resolution and Redress scheme was one of the key recommendations coming out of the Better Births report. This month the Department of Health has launched a consultation on this proposal. Currently families whose children have suffered severe injury … Continue reading

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