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
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
A study just published in the USA finds horrifying mistreatment of pregnant women based on misguided application of ‘pro-life’ laws. The groundbreaking research reveals how attempts to create a separate legal entity for fetuses have led to arrests, detentions, and forced medical interventions on pregnant women. Co-authored by Lynn Paltrow at National Advocates for Pregnant … Read more
The Guardian has reported today on the UK Borders Agency refusal to stop its security contractors (the notorious G4S) using force to remove pregnant women from the UK. Pregnant women have reported being mistreated by G4S staff – including being pushed in the stomach and dragged around the floor. The Prison Inspectorate reported on mistreatment … Read more
Birthrights front and centre in this Observer feature about human rights in childbirth. Birthrights founder, Elizabeth Prochaska, quoted.