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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: How kindness can make all the difference in challenging times…

12th May 2021

Midwife and Birthrights Trainee Associate, Octavia Wiseman, reflects on the difference kindness can make in maternity care. Octavia experienced the kindness of other professionals first hand after her house went up in flames just a couple of weeks ago… The last twelve months have been challenging for us all. For me, the upheaval of the … Read more

BLOG: Happy International Day of the Midwife!

5th May 2021

On International Day of the Midwife 2021, Sophie Russell, Consultant Midwife at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust and a Birthrights Trainer, gives us an insight into a typical day and reflects on how human rights impact her work as a midwife. Each day in my role is unique, rewarding and challenging; here is a snippet … Read more

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

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