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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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Help Us Start A New Chapter for Childbirth

7 July 2016

On 15th September Rebecca Schiller’s book Why Human Rights in Childbirth Matter will be published by Pinter and Martin. The book advocates for the human rights of all childbearing women here in the UK and around the globe, telling their stories and exploring … Continue reading

Human dignity after the EU referendum

29 June 2016

In the volatile political, economic and social climate of post-referendum UK many of us are anxious and uncertain about the future. As a charity Birthrights did not take a position on the referendum and it would be wrong for us … Continue reading

Birthrights Submission to Health Committee’s Maternity Inquiry

Yesterday the parliamentary Health Committee met as part of a short inquiry into maternity services following the publication of the National Maternity Review report ‘Better Births’. Birthrights submitted written evidence to the Committee, which is now publicly available on the Health … Continue reading

Last chance to stand up for Supervisors of Midwives

16 June 2016

Tomorrow (17th June) this unassuming consultation on amendments to modernise midwifery regulation comes to an end: Remarkably the key role that Supervisors of Midwives play in advocating for women doesn’t even get a mention in the consultation document. As an organisation … Continue reading

Maternity experience of women with physical disabilities

13 May 2016

Birthrights are excited to be taking part in a joint research project with Bournemouth University looking at disabled women’s experiences in maternity care. The survey below is open now (deadline extended from 3rd June). If you are a mum with a … Continue reading

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