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Protecting human rights in childbirth

Registered Charity Number 1151152

‘I remember looking at my partner and saying, “I’m going to be a Black statistic”’

Birthrights releases report of findings from year-long inquiry into racial injustice in maternity care The safety of hundreds of women and birthing people from Black and Brown and mixed ethnicity backgrounds is being put at risk due to systemic racism within UK maternity care, a year-long inquiry by Birthrights has found. The report, titled Systemic … Read more

BLOG: International Day of the Midwife 2022

Consultant midwife and Birthrights Associate Trainer Alice’s story I am honoured to have been asked to write this blog for Birthrights, and to be a Birthrights Associate Trainer. I have long admired their work, and share their inclusive values and approach, promoting rights for everyone who is pregnant including women, trans men, non-binary and other … Read more

Ockenden review: Birthrights’ response

Nobody expected the Ockenden report published last week to be an easy read. However the breadth and pervasiveness of the issues at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust over such a prolonged period of time is staggering to comprehend. That this led to the avoidable deaths of women and hundreds of babies is absolutely heart-breaking … Read more

Birthrights responds to the Ockenden review

Today (Wednesday 30 March) the long-awaited final report of Donna Ockenden’s review into maternity services at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust will be published. Amy Gibbs, Birthrights’ Chief Executive, said ‘It is devastating to hear the scale of deaths, injuries and trauma that might have been prevented at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust. Our thoughts … Read more

Birthrights responds to the Government’s consultation on Human Rights Reform

In December 2021, the Government published an open consultation as part of their plans to reform the Human Rights Act (Human Rights Reform: A Modern Bill of Rights). As the UK charity that champions respectful care during pregnancy and childbirth by protecting human rights, we have submitted a response to the consultation. Within the consultation, … Read more

Where are we with visiting restrictions in maternity services now?

Last week, a further letter before action was sent to Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board making clear that we do not regard one hour postnatal visiting for partners to be enough, and we await the Board’s full explanation of how this decision was reached.  The law firm Irwin Mitchell wrote to Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board with a letter … Read more

Betsi Cadwaladr legally challenged over partner restrictions

Leigh Day have sent a letter before action to Betsi Cadwaladr, on behalf of Birthrights and a local couple expecting a baby. The letter asks the Health Board to explain why there have been no substantial changes to visiting arrangements in maternity services since November. Partners are not able to visit their other halves or … Read more

BLOG: Happy International Day of the Midwife!

On International Day of the Midwife 2021, Sophie Russell, Consultant Midwife at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust and a Birthrights Trainer, gives us an insight into a typical day and reflects on how human rights impact her work as a midwife. Each day in my role is unique, rewarding and challenging; here is a snippet … Read more