Protecting human rights in childbirth

Why we need to have more honest conversations with women about how birth might unfold…

The National Maternity and Perinatal Audit (NMPA) clinical report 2019 was published last week and it makes for intriguing reading. For us at Birthrights, the report starts to provide some answers to questions we have been interested in for some time, for instance – is the focus on reducing the stillbirth rate driving up intervention … Read more

Tickets for new Birthrights training workshops are now on sale…

Birthrights are delighted to be offering a new series of training workshops open to individuals doctors, midwives and others working with pregnant women and their families. We are running workshops in London on the 18th October and in Halifax on the 18th November where we will be exploring questions such as : – Can safe … Read more

Birthrights and partners submit evidence to the UN

Last week Birthrights joined with the White Ribbon Alliance, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and Make Birth Better, to submit evidence to the UN Special Rapporteur, about how pregnant women are treated in the UK. The UN Special Rapporteur, Ms. Dubravka Šimonović has identified the issue of mistreatment and violence against women during reproductive … Read more

Neighbourhood Midwives

We were very saddened to hear last week about the imminent closure of Neighbourhood Midwives. Neighbourhood Midwives started out as a private, independent midwifery company, but were commissioned by Waltham Forest CCG to offer continuity of care, free of charge, to women as part of a two year pilot following  “Better Births”. Neighbourhood Midwives have … Read more

Six months on and still no response from OUH on maternal request caesarean policy…

Our Chair, Elizabeth Prochaska, has today written to Dame Fiona Caldicott, Chair of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to urge her to hold her board to account over the lack of response to a letter sent in July, asking OUH to clarify important details surrounding its maternal request caesarean policy. It is somewhat surprising … Read more

Happy Human Rights Day 2018

As the UK’s only organisation protecting human rights in pregnancy & childbirth, Birthrights are very proud to be supporting #HumanRightsDay2018 & to join forces with 155 organisations asking the PM to safeguard our freedoms here in the UK #weareallhuman #humanrightsday2018 #humanrights Full text of the letter, co-ordinated by the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR): Dear Prime Minister Today, on … Read more

advice@birthrights.org.uk

Birthrights now has a dedicated email address for advice enquiries: advice@ birthrights.org.uk If you have any queries about human rights relating to maternity care – please get in touch with us. Our free email advice line is not only for women and their families but also for healthcare professionals. If you have any other enquiries … Read more

Birthrights welcomes new Legal Officer

Birthrights is delighted to welcome Reilly Willis, our new Legal Officer to the staff team. Reilly, who starts with Birthrights this week, is an experienced international human rights lawyer specialising in women’s rights and gender equality. You can find out more about Reilly here. Reilly will be responding to our advice line enquiries, ensuring our … Read more