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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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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 until the 3rd June. If you are a mum with a physical disability, … Continue reading

Policing Pregnancy

25 April 2016

Thanks to all of you who joined us for a packed day at the Royal College of Physicians on 13th April. The event was attended by over 100 midwives, advocates, academics, policy makers, journalists, and others concerned about the expansion of risk … Continue reading

Birthrights Responds to the National Maternity Review Report

23 February 2016

Speaking in advance of the release of the NHS England National Maternity Review report’s release today, Birthrights Director Rebecca Schiller said, “the National Maternity Review report has a powerful message for all interested in improving maternity care. Birthrights agrees with … Continue reading

Three Years Defending Dignity

28 January 2016

Three years ago this month, Birthrights burst onto the maternity scene. At our launch, we declared our intention to ensure that all women receive the dignity and respect they deserve during pregnancy and childbirth. Since then we’ve worked hard to do … Continue reading

The Right to Choice in Maternity Services: Our Submission to The National Maternity Review

2 December 2015

Birthrights was asked to provide information and guidance to the National Maternity Review on the legal framework that supports women’s right to choice in maternity care. You can read our submission below which details that women do have the right … Continue reading

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