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 and Bolt Burdon Kemp announce three-year partnership to promote human rights in childbirth

4th March 2021

We are pleased to confirm a new three-year partnership with Bolt Burdon Kemp, a law firm specialising in serious injury claims, which builds on our shared goals to protect rights and improve safety in maternity care. The partnership includes a package of corporate financial support, fundraising activity, pro bono and in-kind support, and joint communications … Read more

Oxford University Hospitals finally agree to offer maternal request caesareans…

2nd March 2021

Birthrights are delighted to share that Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) will offer maternal request caesareans at the John Radcliffe hospital going forward. Elizabeth Prochaska and Maria Booker from Birthrights met with Sir Jonathan Montgomery (Chair of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, OUH) and Professor Meghana Pandit (Chief Medical Officer, OUH) on the … Read more

Wrong to say birth partners and parents of sick babies must always self isolate say lawyers

12th February 2021

Birthrights has today published legal advice, which states that requiring a partner or new parent to self-isolate may be unlawful in certain circumstances. We have written to NHS England & Improvement, asking them to correct the paragraphs in their visiting guidance for maternity services which suggest that partners or new parents should always be asked … Read more

New inquiry to drive action on racial injustice in maternity care

7th February 2021

We are convening a national inquiry into racial injustice in maternity care, throughout 2021, with support from law firm Leigh Day. The inquiry will be led by an expert panel made up of Black and Brown people with lived experience, midwives and obstetricians, healthcare and human rights lawyers, and other experts across academia, anti-racism, health policy and participation. … Read more

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