Protecting human rights in childbirth

Registered Charity Number 1151152

Campaigns & Research

We campaign to
shine a spotlight
on women and birthing people's experiences
and improve maternity care.

Our influencing is underpinned by robust research and strong partnerships. Birthrights is proud to work with NHS and maternity organisations, research institutions and charities campaigning and working with women and birthing people, to grow the reach and amplify the impact of our advice, training and campaigns.

We have launched public campaigns on Dignity in Childbirth and Maternal Request Caesarean.

Our close partnership with Birth Companions enables us to better reach, understand and shine a spotlight on the most disadvantaged women and birthing people.

We collaborate on research partnerships and joint seminars which will help deliver our mission to protect and promote human rights in pregnancy and childbirth.

We have jointly intervened in legal cases with the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas) and supported their policy and parliamentary work on reproductive rights.

We work with the Government and NHS England to support maternity care improvements, as part of the Better Births Maternity Transformation Stakeholder Council and our joint work to implement the landmark Montgomery judgement on women’s autonomy and consent in childbirth.

We collaborate with organisations that have the most influence over mandatory training and guidance for healthcare professionals, to embed a human rights approach to maternity care across their teaching and learning, best practice and operational guidance. This includes the Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Nursing and Midwifery Council, General Medical Council and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).