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

“Partners are not visitors to maternity services” says Birthrights and partner organisations

20th October 2020

Birthrights alongside Pregnant then Screwed, Make Birth Better, Birth Bliss Academy, the Fatherhood Institute and AIMS have today urged NHSE to issue clearer guidance to Trusts about the need to remove visiting restrictions for companions of choice in maternity services. The letter follows news at the weekend that Liverpool Womens NHS Foundation Trust was reinstating … Read more

Legal challenge to visitor restrictions

15th October 2020

Birthrights is keen to hear from individuals who would be interested in legally challenging visitor restrictions in maternity services at their local Trust. You could be in the early stages of pregnancy and concerned about the fact that your partner will not be with you during scans or at other crucial points during your maternity … Read more

Birthrights is recruiting a Participation Officer – part time/flexible

24th September 2020

Salary – £30,000 per annum pro rata (£15,000 actual) Hours – 18.75 hours per week based on a 37.5 hour working week. Deadline – 9am, Monday 26 October 2020 Location – Home-based (UK within reasonable commuting distance of London and able to travel to regular team meetings and events in London, once the Covid-19 situation … Read more

Ongoing visitor restrictions in maternity services

14th September 2020

This weekend Alicia Kearns MP and over 60 Conservative MPs wrote to NHS Trusts demanding the removal of visiting restrictions in maternity. Day after day, for many months now, Birthrights has been hearing directly from women and their families about the trauma ongoing restrictions are causing. The hashtag #butnotmaternity created by our friends at Birthbliss … Read more

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