Protecting human rights in childbirth

Birthrights is dedicated to ensuring women receive the respect and dignity they deserve in pregnancy and childbirth.

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.

Read more in our factsheets

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Latest news

A further update on Oxford’s maternal request caesarean policy

14th February 2020

Sir Jonathan Montgomery (Chair of the Trust Board) wrote to Birthrights this week on behalf of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH), to provide a long overdue update on their maternal request caesarean policy. Whilst there was no indication that OUH’s policy of referring women to Gloucester has changed, Sir Jonathan did extend the … Read more

IDECIDE – a new consent tool is on its way…

30th January 2020

You may have heard talk of IDECIDE – a new tool to help healthcare professionals to support women to make informed decisions in labour. In this blog we explain what IDECIDE is, where it came from, and when you can expect to see it in action… OK, so what is IDECIDE? IDECIDE is a digital … Read more

Birthrights is coming to Leeds and Newcastle

17th January 2020

Tickets have gone on sale for two more Birthrights training days! We will be coming to Leeds on 20th March and Newcastle on 22nd April. For more information about our training, please visit the training section on our website!

12 highlights of 2019

16th December 2019

Last year our (then new) Chief Executive, Amy Gibbs, started a new tradition of taking time at the end of the year to reflect on some of our annual highlights. None of our work would be possible without our fantastic wider team of amazing Trustees, trainers, volunteers, and funders – from hugely supportive Trusts and … Read more

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