Protecting human rights in childbirth

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

Your rights in childbirth

Every person has a right to:

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

Read more in our factsheets

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Latest news

Betsi Cadwaladr legally challenged over partner restrictions

3rd June 2021

Leigh Day have sent a letter before action to Betsi Cadwaladr, on behalf of Birthrights and a local couple expecting a baby. The letter asks the Health Board to explain why there have been no substantial changes to visiting arrangements in maternity services since November. Partners are not able to visit their other halves or … Read more

BLOG: Second birth partners – are doulas a middle class luxury?

27th May 2021

Many people have an image of doulas working with middle-class women who can afford additional support. However doulas also work with women facing difficult and complex circumstances.  In the third blog post in our series on second birth partners, we hear from Jo Doherty, Group Leader for the Happy Baby Community (HBC) a pan-London community … Read more

BLOG: Second birth partners – why does it matter to women/birthing people?

26th May 2021

Today we hear from Birth and Postnatal Doula, Carla, trained by BirthBliss Academy and her client Kitty about their experience of navigating NHS maternity care, during the pandemic. The experience of being told slightly different things by different staff members, and that nagging fear that you might not be allowed something that is really important to you, even … Read more

Freelance Project Manager required for complaints video

26th May 2021

Could you help us demystify the complaints process? We are looking for an experienced freelance project manager to work in collaboration with service users and our staff team, to make an engaging video about making a complaint after receiving poor maternity care. We anticipate the project will be about 12 days work spread over a … Read more

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