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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

Update on maternal request caesarean at Oxford University Hospitals…

25th November 2020

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 15th October 2020. This followed a meeting earlier this year on the 18th May to discuss OUH’s policy on maternal request caesarean (MRCS). At … Read more

Long term impact of visiting restrictions “could be catastrophic” MPs, academics and campaigners warn NHS England CEO…

15th November 2020

This weekend, the letter below, drafted by Birthrights and Pregnant then Screwed and signed by over 100 MPs, academics, charities and campaigners, was sent to Simon Stevens (Chief Executive of NHS England and Improvement). The letter and the survey it refers to were covered in the Mail on Sunday. Dear Simon Stevens (the Chief Executive … Read more

Birthrights to appoint four new Trustees

5th November 2020

After an external recruitment process, Birthrights is delighted to announce the appointment of four new Trustees, who will formally join the Board in January 2021. Almost 70 people with a wide range of personal and professional experiences applied for the roles, which were advertised following a Board diversity and skills audit earlier in 2020. The … Read more

“Partners are not visitors to maternity services” says Birthrights and partner organisations

20th October 2020

Birthrights alongside Pregnant then Screwed, Make Birth Better, Birth Bliss Academy, the Fatherhood Institute and AIMS have today urged NHSE to issue clearer guidance to Trusts about the need to remove visiting restrictions for companions of choice in maternity services. The letter follows news at the weekend that Liverpool Womens NHS Foundation Trust was reinstating … Read more

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