“Engaging, informative and practical. This will change the way I care for women forever.”
Birthrights workshop delegate, 2015

We want to empower midwives, doctors and birthworkers as they provide respectful care to women during pregnancy and birth. Our training and education programme aims to directly improve care for women and families, change practice, address inequalities at the frontline and strengthen the case for the use of human rights in maternity care.

Creating a Safe Maternity Culture

On 17th October , Health Education England announced an £8m fund to support the vision of making NHS maternity services among the safest in the world. At Birthrights we know that respectful care leads to safe care (see our letter to the National Maternity review).

We have therefore developed a one day training session which Trusts can incorporate into their bid for funding from the Maternity Safety Training Fund. If you are interested in this training, please get in touch asap at

Free Dignity in Childbirth Workshops

In 2016 we will be holding 3 free workshops in Coventry, Nottingham and London focusing on human rights in maternity care. These will cover the essential elements of respectful care, dignity principles, informed consent, non-discrimination and key legal decisions.

The workshops will give you a grounding in human rights principles using case studies and practical examples that you are likely to encounter in your day-to-day work. Each workshop will be lead by a Birthrights legal expert and a healthcare professional.

Please find more information on our events page

Bespoke Training 

For the past three years Birthrights has provided bespoke training to a number of NHS Trusts and other groups. Training can be tailored to fit the needs of delegates and often covers key mandatory and/or frequently requested topics such as:

  • introduction to maternity professionals and human rights
  • informed consent and documentation 
  • non-discrimination and personalised care 
  • migrant women’s entitlement to care 
  • birth choices and social services interventions

To find out more email


We can often provide speakers for maternity conferences and seminars. Please email To see where we are speaking in the coming months please see our events page and sign-up to our mailing list.


Have you seen our videos for healthcare professionals in our Resources section?