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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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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

Letter to the National Maternity Review

19 August 2015

On 16th August the co-chairs of Birthrights and President of the Royal College of Midwives wrote to the members of the NHS England National Maternity Review. The letter (which was written in collaboration with and co-signed by senior lawyers, midwives, … Continue reading

The Times gets it wrong: midwifery is safe and women’s birth decisions are not a ‘fad’

11 June 2015

A journalist called me recently asking for a quote for a story he was writing about maternity care. He told me that he was going to expose the dangers of giving birth in midwifery-led units where, he claimed, more babies … Continue reading

The Labour Party’s midwife pledge: what does it mean and can it work?

11 April 2015

The Labour Party launched its Health Manifesto today. The announcement it chose to promote? A guarantee of personalised one-to-one care from a midwife for every woman during labour. Here are the details from the Labour Party’s blog (strangely, the Health … Continue reading

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