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.

Recent news

Join Our Board!

19 February 2015

Birthrights is seeking two maternity professionals – one midwife and one obstetrician – to join its board of trustees. In its first two years of operation, Birthrights has achieved a reputation for high-­quality advice and training, ground-­breaking research on dignity … Continue reading

Birthrights Comments on Sex-Selection Abortion Amendment

Press Release: 19 February 2015 The human rights in childbirth charity Birthrights has serious concerns about amendments to the Serious Crimes bill that could make sex-selection abortion a crime. If passed the amendment to the Serious Crimes Bill (which MPs are due to vote on … Continue reading

Birthrights Condemns Guilty Verdict in Purvi Patel Case

4 February 2015

Press Release 4 February 2015 Women’s charity condemns guilty verdict as Indiana woman is charged with ‘feticide’ and child neglect. The jury in a landmark case in Indiana has found Purvi Patel guilty of two contradictory charges of ‘feticide’ and … Continue reading

Dubska v Czech Republic: A blow to women’s reproductive rights in Europe

16 December 2014

The European Court of Human Rights gave judgment in Dubská v Czech Republic last week. The Court found that Czech legislation prohibiting midwives attendance at home births did not interfere with women’s right to private life under Article 8 of … Continue reading

Court of Appeal rules that drinking in pregnancy is not a crime

4 December 2014

The Court of Appeal has ruled that the mother of a girl born with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome did not commit a crime under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 by drinking during pregnancy.  A council in the North West … Continue reading

See all news