Protecting human rights in childbirth

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

Why we need to have more honest conversations with women about how birth might unfold…

16th September 2019

The National Maternity and Perinatal Audit (NMPA) clinical report 2019 was published last week and it makes for intriguing reading. For us at Birthrights, the report starts to provide some answers to questions we have been interested in for some time, for instance – is the focus on reducing the stillbirth rate driving up intervention … Read more

Human rights concerns as Court permits Caesarean on woman currently with mental capacity

4th September 2019

On Monday the Guardian reported on a Court of Protection ruling that permits doctors to perform a Caesarean section on a woman in case she loses capacity, against her express wishes. Birthrights has not yet seen the full judgement, however the reporting raises a number of very worrying questions about the process and its impact … Read more

Recruiting for an interim Chief Executive (maternity cover)

2nd September 2019

Our Chief Executive, Amy Gibbs, is expecting her second baby in January 2020, so we’re looking for an experienced, passionate charity leader to fulfil her role for 9 months, starting mid-December 2019. This is a brilliant opportunity to lead our small, impactful team and champion human rights in childbirth, at an exciting time for Birthrights. … Read more

Do you have experience of significant harm in maternity care?

26th July 2019

Birthrights is involved in an important research study about open disclosure in maternity care that is currently looking for lay Steering Group members. Birthrights Programmes Director, Maria Booker, is a co-investigator on the study (called DISCERN), led by Kings College London, looking at why some NHS Trusts are particularly good at being open with women … Read more

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