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Protecting human rights in childbirth

Registered Charity Number 1151152

Birthrights welcomes updated NICE guideline for induction

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has today (4 November) published their final, updated guideline on the induction of labour. The guidelines in its draft form prompted widespread concern from the birth world after it recommended that all women and birthing people should be offered induction at 41 weeks. It also recommended … Read more

COVID-19 has created a maternity mental health burden of £17.5 billion

Perinatal depression and anxiety could cost society an additional £17.5 billion in England, an analysis commissioned by Birthrights, the UK’s charity for protecting human rights in childbirth, has concluded. The article, written by health economist and Associate Professor (UCL) Rachael Hunter and published by the Journal of Quality in Health Care & Economics, discusses the … Read more

Birthrights’ responds to article published in The Sunday Times

Yesterday, The Sunday Times published an article containing criticisms of Birthrights by the author Milli Hill. Until recently, Birthrights has worked alongside Milli to champion women’s rights in pregnancy and childbirth. As reported, in November Milli posted comments on social media disputing that obstetric violence could happen to trans or non-binary people. We were also made … Read more

Birthrights welcomes calls to end disparity in maternity care for Black and Brown women and birthing people

Birthrights, the UK’s charity for protecting human rights in childbirth, has welcomed the Health and Social Care Select Committee’s report into safety of maternity services in England The Committee’s report highlights women and babies from minority ethnic and socioeconomically deprived backgrounds are at greater risk when compared to their white or less deprived peers Birthrights … Read more