Protecting human rights in childbirth

Inclusion statement

As a human rights charity, inclusion and anti-discrimination is core to our ethos, and our services are available to everyone who is pregnant, regardless of how they identify. We will use both ‘women’ and ‘birthing people’ to describe individuals’ experiences and rights in maternity care. 

We believe human rights are for everyone. We reject any suggestion that respecting pregnant non-binary and trans people diminishes women’s rights.

Birthrights will continue to champion the rights of those who face particular discrimination in maternity care – such as disabled people, women experiencing complex disadvantage and people of colour. We are committed to anti-racism and take an intersectional approach to the multiple ways people experience discrimination.

We want to be an accessible, inclusive and safe space for everyone who needs us. The Board and staff are unanimous in our view that human rights and inclusion go hand in hand, and Birthrights is here to support all pregnant people.

We will challenge abusive or discriminatory comments or behaviour that are not in line with our inclusive values. We will not work with individuals and organisations who do not behave respectfully and will always challenge, either privately or publicly if appropriate, those in the maternity and birth rights movement who speak or act in a discriminatory way.