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Protecting human rights in childbirth

Right now, more women and birthing people than ever need our support

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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.

Read more in our factsheets

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Latest news

Where are we with visiting restrictions in maternity services now?

18th January 2022

Last week, a further letter before action was sent to Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board making clear that we do not regard one hour postnatal visiting for partners to be enough, and we await the Board’s full explanation of how this decision was reached.  The law firm Irwin Mitchell wrote to Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board with a letter … Read more

We are hiring! Policy Officer, Supporter Engagement Officer and Advice Co-ordinator

18th January 2022

Are you passionate about human rights and want to make a real difference to women and birthing people’s experience of pregnancy and childbirth? We are adding three part-time, flexible roles to our growing team! Policy Officer (22.5 hours/three days) – deadline 1st February 2022 We are looking for a deep-thinking, analytical policy or research professional … Read more

Our top 12 highlights of 2021

20th December 2021

Each December, we reflect as a team on our achievements – and this year we had the opportunity to do this in person, which was more magical than we could have imagined two years ago, before COVID-19 became a fixture in our daily lives. 2021 had the hallmarks of 2020 in many ways, starting with … Read more

Survey finds only one in four felt the information they received prepared them for induction

14th December 2021

A survey of more than 2,000 women in the UK has found many lacked enough information to make an informed decision about induction of labour. In August 2021, the Patient Information Forum conducted an online survey into women’s experiences of being induced in collaboration with maternity charities including Birthrights. In less than a fortnight, 2,325 … Read more

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