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Protecting human rights in childbirth

Your basic birth rights – translated

It’s really important that women and birthing people and those that care for them, understand basic birth rights in maternity care. It is vital that conversations that lead to decisions, start from a shared understanding of what an individual can or can’t choose to do and the obligations on maternity services to uphold human rights. 

We have translated your basic birth rights into 16 languages. All PDFs hosted below are also available for print and download – just click the button next to the language you wish to access.

The factsheets were professionally translated and reviewed by native speakers, including in as many cases as possible, women involved in refugee and asylum support. We are also grateful to the Happy Baby Community for their support in making these factsheets a reality, and the National Lottery Community Fund for generously supporting the project.

Disclaimer: Our factsheets provide information about the law in the UK. The information is correct at the time of writing (May 2021). The law in this area may be subject to change. Birthrights cannot be held responsible if changes to the law outdate this publication. Birthrights accepts no responsibility for loss which may arise from reliance on information contained in this factsheet. Birthrights has provided links to third party websites where these may help provide relevant further information. Birthrights takes no responsibility for the contents of linked websites and links should not be taken as an endorsement.

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