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.

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Latest news

Birthrights premieres new film Speak Up, Speak Out

16th November 2021

Today (16 November) Birthrights has released Speak Up, Speak Out, a new film to demystify the complaints process. The film features the real-life stories of three women, whose birth experiences led them to considering or making a complaint about their care. Amy Gibbs, Chief Executive of Birthrights said ‘We understand the current pressures on midwives … Read more

Alliance urge Welsh Government to rethink guidance on visiting restrictions in maternity services

15th November 2021

A coalition of organisations who have campaigned on visiting restrictions throughout the pandemic has today written to Eluned Morgan, Health Minister for Wales, urging her to revise the guidance on visiting in maternity services during the pandemic. Despite Wales having no national restrictions on meeting others at present, visiting restrictions in maternity services are among … Read more

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board legally challenged over stringent visiting restrictions

12th November 2021

With our partners Irwin Mitchell LLP, Birthrights has today written to Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board with a letter of claim before judicial review, in response to their policy on visiting restrictions in antenatal and postnatal services. Restrictions currently include the exclusions of birth partners from inpatient antenatal and postnatal wards, and from outpatient … Read more

New MBRRACE report shows Black women still four times more likely to die in pregnancy and childbirth

11th November 2021

Report published today (MBRRACE-UK Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care, 11 November) shows the disparity in maternal mortality rates between women from Black and Asian aggregated ethnic groups and White women remains more than four times higher for Black women, two times higher for mixed ethnicity women and almost twice as high for Asian women. Birthrights, … Read more

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