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

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

A quarter of mothers say their decisions were not respected when giving birth

3rd September 2020

       Today Birthrights and Mumsnet have published the results of a survey showing that five years on from the ‘Montgomery ruling’, which established that women are the primary decision makers in their own care, less than half say this accurately describes their experience.   The ‘Montgomery ruling’ of 11 March 2015 is named after claimant (and … Read more

Birthrights calls for easing of visiting restrictions in maternity services

20th August 2020

Birthrights has today written to NHS England and NHS Improvement calling for national guidance on easing visiting restrictions in maternity services in England, to recognise the unique needs of pregnant women/birthing people and their partners. Some Trusts still have the same visiting restrictions that were put in place at the height of the pandemic. Birthrights … Read more

Birthrights is seeking new trustees – apply by 30.9.20

28th July 2020

Birthrights is seeking three new trustees to join our board of trustees. This is an important and exciting time to join the Birthrights board. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, there is an unprecedented need for our services. Our advice service has seen a 400% increase in demand and we are supporting hundreds of … Read more

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