Protecting human rights in childbirth

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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

BLOG: Agoraphobia and mental capacity – a new obstetric intervention case

7th April 2021

Last week, a recent Court of Protection case involving a woman with agoraphobia was reported in the media. The woman, known as GH, had been in labour at home for nearly 72 hours and the ruling describes her labour as having become “obstructed”. The case was heard as an emergency out of hours hearing. The … Read more

“Visiting restrictions are no longer justified” says Birthrights and partners

6th April 2021

Birthrights and the But Not Maternity Alliance partners have written to both Matthew Hancock and NHS England setting out the need for a roadmap to guide maternity services back to normal visiting arrangements, in line with the roadmap for relaxing restrictions in other areas of life. Birthrights and its #butnotmaternity partners are keen to avoid … Read more

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

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