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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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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

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

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