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Protecting human rights in childbirth

New seminar series – Birthing and Early Motherhood

Birthrights and the Open University are hosting, from January 2014, a series of six seminars on the subject of ‘Birthing and Motherhood’. The seminars aim to bring together researchers, health professionals and all those interested in the subject to generate research agendas on the themes of the birthing experience, early motherhood, and the concept of … Read more

In case you missed it… The Birthrights Dignity Forum

On October 16 2013, Birthrights hosted the first-ever Dignity in Childbirth Forum at the Royal College of Physicians in London. We will be reporting on the Forum in full shortly, but for now, check out the press coverage: Why are half of UK women not getting the birth they want, The Telegraph A good birth … Read more

CQC consultation – making human rights a regulatory standard

Birthrights has responded to the CQC consultation on new standards for inspection and monitoring of care services. Maternity standards are included in the consultation. We are particularly concerned that the CQC has robust standards in place for assessing whether or not hospitals are guaranteeing respect for women’s dignity and human rights in maternity care. We … Read more

Why independent midwifery matters: Our response to the government consultation

Today is the final day for responding to the Department of Health’s consultation on mandatory indemnity insurance for all healthcare professionals. As Birthrights regulars will know, implementation of the proposals will spell the end of independent midwifery. As we have explained in our response, the loss of independent midwives will have serious repercussions for women’s … Read more

Women's Institute and NCT Report Highlights Key Rights Concerns

Yesterday’s report by the National Federation of Women’s Institute and NCT highlights key rights-based concerns facing UK women accessing maternity services. The report, which looked at the care received by 5500 women over the past five years, concluded that choice of place of birth remained “an aspiration, not a reality” and paints a picture of … Read more

British Journal of Midwifery on Birthrights and Mid-Staffs Report

The British Journal of Midwifery covered the ‘much needed’ launch of Birthrights in March 2013 (Volume 21, Issue 3) with a piece by Professor Paul Lewis. The piece, which you can read in full below, calls for a ‘seismic shift’ in the way the NHS operates and asks why ‘most midwifes are unable to deliver … Read more

Birthrights Supports Independent Midwives at Westminster Rally

Independent Midwives and the women they have cared for gather today outside the Houses of Parliament as part of the “Your Body, Your Birth, Your Choice” campaign in protest at the imminent demise of Independent Midwifery in the UK. The government’s proposed implementation of the EU Directive on Cross-Border Healthcare makes professional indemnity insurance (PII) … Read more

A great launch party

It’s been a week since our launch and we’ve hardly had time to take breath, or write a post about it! Here’s a summary and some photos. Last Thursday, more than 120 key figures from the maternity services, including representatives from the Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal … Read more

Welcome to Birthrights!

Welcome to Birthrights! We are a new organisation dedicated to improving women’s experiences of pregnancy and childbirth by promoting respect for human rights. We officially launch today with this exciting new website, providing clear and accessible information on human rights and the law in pregnancy and childbirth. Check out our FAQs and our factsheets. Birthrights … Read more