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.

Read more in our factsheets

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Latest news

Birthrights is growing! New part-time Engagement Director and Training Officer roles (deadline 8 Feb)

22nd January 2021

Thanks to new funding from Thirty Percy and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, we are thrilled to be adding two new roles to our small but mighty team. We need a creative, inspiring communicator and leader to be our first ever Engagement Director. You will head up a new engagement team, working alongside the Programmes Director who … Read more

Partners & scans

12th January 2021

We have had hundreds of enquiries via our advice line about whether partners should be able to attend scans in person, and if not, whether a partner should be able to take part in a scan appointment remotely. This blog post explores the issues. Should partners be allowed to attend scans in person? Yes if … Read more

12 highlights of 2020

21st December 2020

Reflections from our Chief Executive, Amy Gibbs. Each December, we reflect as a team on our achievements. 2020 has posed more challenges than any of us could have imagined – personally, professionally and for human rights in childbirth. Having only come back from maternity leave in October, I’m in total awe of the team for … Read more

Birthrights response to the Ockenden report

17th December 2020

Much proverbial ink has been spent this week responding to the first report from the Ockenden review into maternity services at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust. Finding something new to say to another heartbreaking report into maternity services is challenging and yet the depth and scale of the harm done to families demands a response. … Read more

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