Protecting human rights in childbirth

Do you have experience of significant harm in maternity care?

Birthrights is involved in an important research study about open disclosure in maternity care that is currently looking for lay Steering Group members.

Birthrights Programmes Director, Maria Booker, is a co-investigator on the study (called DISCERN), led by Kings College London, looking at why some NHS Trusts are particularly good at being open with women and their families who have suffered significant harm during their maternity care. The objective of the study is to ensure that this good practice can be spread to other Trusts.

The study is currently looking for two members of the public to sit on its Steering Group, who have had experience of significant harm directly or to a family member, during birth, and who may have been involved in discussing what happened with healthcare professionals. The main criteria is a strong interest in open disclosure and using your experience to improve practice. You can find out more about the study here, and a role description and contact details for the DISCERN team here. The closing date is the 16th August. Please do spread the word!

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