Protecting human rights in childbirth

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Birthrights is dedicated to ensuring women receive the respect and dignity they deserve in pregnancy and childbirth.

Your rights in childbirth

Every woman has a right to:

  • safe and appropriate maternity care that respects her dignity;
  • privacy and confidentiality;
  • make choices about her own pregnancy and childbirth;
  • equality and freedom from discrimination.

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Latest news

Birthrights’ communication with Trusts & other organisations re coronavirus

23rd April 2020

Birthrights works to empower individuals contacting our advice line, Maternity Voices Partnerships and others with an interest, with the information they need to assess and challenge local decisions where appropriate. However where necessary we also write to Trusts and Local Maternity Systems and other organisations directly. The table below lists our correspondence with Trusts and … Read more

Birthrights joins the #TwoPointsSix Challenge

22nd April 2020

Join the rest of the country coming together to show your support for charities including Birthrights to meet the challenges faced by Covid 19. Birthrights has seen a huge increase in demand for our advice service from women who are fearful and anxious about their rights and choices in pregnancy and birth during the Covid … Read more

Birthrights calls for protection of UK women giving birth during coronavirus

31st March 2020

Birthrights has today released a statement calling for NHS England and the Royal Colleges to protect the rights of women giving birth during coronavirus. We applaud the dedication of maternity professionals across the UK. Despite the challenges faced by maternity services we must remain united in the belief that every woman needs safe, respectful and … Read more

Coronovirus – how will it affect my rights to maternity care?

12th March 2020

(updated 28th May 2020) If you are pregnant, you may be concerned about how coronavirus or COVID-19 (the illness resulting from coronavirus) will affect your rights to maternity care, if cases increase significantly as expected. The NHS has general information on its website about coronavirus. The Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RCOG) has information … Read more

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