Protecting human rights in childbirth

Ongoing visitor restrictions in maternity services

This weekend Alicia Kearns MP and over 60 Conservative MPs wrote to NHS Trusts demanding the removal of visiting restrictions in maternity. Day after day, for many months now, Birthrights has been hearing directly from women and their families about the trauma ongoing restrictions are causing. The hashtag #butnotmaternity created by our friends at Birthbliss … Read more

A quarter of mothers say their decisions were not respected when giving birth

       Today Birthrights and Mumsnet have published the results of a survey showing that five years on from the ‘Montgomery ruling’, which established that women are the primary decision makers in their own care, less than half say this accurately describes their experience.   The ‘Montgomery ruling’ of 11 March 2015 is named after claimant (and … Read more

Recruiting an Operations Co-ordinator – part time/flexible 3 days per week – NOTE THIS IS NOW CLOSED

£24,000 pro rata, £14,400 actual per annum Deadline – 9am Monday 6 July Birthrights is recruiting for a new Operations Co-ordinator. If you are a skilled administrator and with a passion for ensuring organisational operations run smoothly and efficiently, please apply to join our friendly and dynamic team. The role purpose: To manage the day-to-day … Read more

Birthrights calls for protection of UK women giving birth during coronavirus

Birthrights has today released a statement calling for NHS England and the Royal Colleges to protect the rights of women giving birth during coronavirus. We applaud the dedication of maternity professionals across the UK. Despite the challenges faced by maternity services we must remain united in the belief that every woman needs safe, respectful and … Read more

Coronovirus – how will it affect my rights to maternity care?

(updated 14th September 2020) If you are pregnant, you may be concerned about how coronavirus or COVID-19 (the illness resulting from coronavirus) will affect your rights to maternity care, if cases increase significantly as expected. The NHS has general information on its website about coronavirus (separate guidance applies to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). The … 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