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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Consent and student medics – European Court ruling

14 October 2014

The European Court of Human Rights gave judgment last week in Konovalova v Russia. It’s an important decision for maternity rights across Europe, which emphasises the need for women’s informed consent to all decisions in childbirth, even those that health … Continue reading

Fighting the Fear: Sold Out

19 September 2014

We’ve been delighted by the positive response to our Fighting the Fear event coming up on 30th September. Tickets have been sold out for a while and we have a long waiting list so sorry to those of you who’ve … Continue reading

Birthrights applies to Court of Appeal to intervene in fetal alcohol case

26 July 2014

A forthcoming court case on criminal injuries compensation for a child whose mother drank during pregnancy could pave the way to the criminalisation of pregnant women’s behaviour, Birthrights and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas) warned today. We have applied … Continue reading

Fighting the Fear: Providing positive maternity care in a litigation culture

23 July 2014

We are delighted to announce an exciting event to be held on 30 September in London. “Fighting the Fear: Providing positive maternity care in a litigation culture” offers a day of supportive discussion and reflection about fear of litigation, its … Continue reading

Home v hospital – the debate continues with publication of NICE consultation

13 May 2014

Here we are again: home versus hospital versus midwifery led unit. Which place is ‘safer’, which mothers are putting their babies ‘at risk’ and so on and on. The place of birth debate is back in the news after NICE … Continue reading

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