Our downloadable factsheets provide detailed information about your rights and the law in pregnancy and childbirth. If there’s an area we’ve missed that you would like to see covered, get in touch.

We do not deal with maternity-related employment or benefits issues. Maternity Action provide comprehensive information on your rights at work, access to benefits and breast-feeding rights.

Human Rights in Maternity Care

Consenting to Treatment

Choice of Place of Birth

Right to Medical Assistance

Birth Partners

Foreign Nationals and Maternity Care

Unassisted Birth

Facing Criticism

Accessing Your Records

Making a Complaint

Our factsheets currently cover the law in England and Wales, though references to the Human Rights Act will apply throughout the United Kingdom. We are working with lawyers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to update the factsheets to cover law and policy in these regions.

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