Protecting human rights in childbirth

12 highlights of 2020

Reflections from our Chief Executive, Amy Gibbs. Each December, we reflect as a team on our achievements. 2020 has posed more challenges than any of us could have imagined – personally, professionally and for human rights in childbirth. Having only come back from maternity leave in October, I’m in total awe of the team for … Read more

Birthrights response to the Ockenden report

Much proverbial ink has been spent this week responding to the first report from the Ockenden review into maternity services at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust. Finding something new to say to another heartbreaking report into maternity services is challenging and yet the depth and scale of the harm done to families demands a response. … Read more

Birthrights calls for easing of visiting restrictions in maternity services

Birthrights has today written to NHS England and NHS Improvement calling for national guidance on easing visiting restrictions in maternity services in England, to recognise the unique needs of pregnant women/birthing people and their partners. Some Trusts still have the same visiting restrictions that were put in place at the height of the pandemic. Birthrights … Read more

Home birth contracts

The BBC reported this week that NHS Lothian was reinstating its home birth service but would require individuals to sign contracts promising a series of safeguards for midwives. Earlier in the week there were reports of other Trusts in England using contracts to spell out the risks (the benefits were sadly omitted) of home birth. … Read more

Birthrights’ communication with Trusts & other organisations re coronavirus

Birthrights works to empower individuals contacting our advice line, Maternity Voices Partnerships and others with an interest, with the information they need to assess and challenge local decisions where appropriate. However where necessary we also write to Trusts and Local Maternity Systems and other organisations directly. The table below lists our correspondence with Trusts and … Read more

Birthrights and BPAS ask Government to publish pain relief inquiry

“It is … critical that the report is made publicly available, so that all organisations working in the sector can learn from it and work to address the underlying causes” Today Birthrights and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) wrote to the Health Minister, Nadine Dorries, asking the Government to publish their inquiry into pain … Read more

Birthrights backs return of maternity training fund

Birthrights has signed an open letter to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, calling for the reinstatement of the Maternity Safety Training Fund. The letter was initiated by the charity Baby Lifeline. The last Maternity Safety Training Fund, in 2016, enabled Trusts to access a wide range of training courses to ensure staff were up to … Read more

12 highlights of 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