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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Starting a #newchapter

18 October 2016

It’s a busy week for human rights in childbirth activists…. Firstly, its #newchapter book club week when nearly 80 book clubs will be meeting to discuss Why Human Rights in Childbirth Matter! We are absolutely delighted that so many people are showing … Continue reading

“Safety” must include a maternity system that supports respectful care

17 October 2016

In a statement responding to the Health Secretary’s announcement today of a package of measures aimed at improving safety in maternity care, Birthrights CEO Rebecca Schiller said: “Birthrights welcomes innovation and investment in maternity care. We are particularly pleased to see … Continue reading

Maternity Care Failing Some Disabled Women

15 September 2016

Research published today (15/09/16) by Bournemouth University and commissioned by Birthrights highlights how maternity care may not be meeting the needs of some pregnant disabled women. A survey of women with physical or sensory impairment or long term health conditions highlighted how  … Continue reading

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

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