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Update on maternal request caesarean at Oxford University Hospitals…

25th November 2020

Elizabeth Prochaska and Maria Booker from Birthrights, met with Sir Jonathan Montgomery (Chair of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH)) and Professor Meghana Pandit (Chief Medical Officer, OUH) on the 15th October 2020. This followed a meeting earlier this year on the 18th May to discuss OUH’s policy on maternal request caesarean (MRCS). At … Read more

Long term impact of visiting restrictions “could be catastrophic” MPs, academics and campaigners warn NHS England CEO…

15th November 2020

This weekend, the letter below, drafted by Birthrights and Pregnant then Screwed and signed by over 100 MPs, academics, charities and campaigners, was sent to Simon Stevens (Chief Executive of NHS England and Improvement). The letter and the survey it refers to were covered in the Mail on Sunday. Dear Simon Stevens (the Chief Executive … Read more

Birthrights to appoint four new Trustees

5th November 2020

After an external recruitment process, Birthrights is delighted to announce the appointment of four new Trustees, who will formally join the Board in January 2021. Almost 70 people with a wide range of personal and professional experiences applied for the roles, which were advertised following a Board diversity and skills audit earlier in 2020. The … Read more

“Partners are not visitors to maternity services” says Birthrights and partner organisations

20th October 2020

Birthrights alongside Pregnant then Screwed, Make Birth Better, Birth Bliss Academy, the Fatherhood Institute and AIMS have today urged NHSE to issue clearer guidance to Trusts about the need to remove visiting restrictions for companions of choice in maternity services. The letter follows news at the weekend that Liverpool Womens NHS Foundation Trust was reinstating … Read more

Legal challenge to visitor restrictions

15th October 2020

Birthrights is keen to hear from individuals who would be interested in legally challenging visitor restrictions in maternity services at their local Trust. You could be in the early stages of pregnancy and concerned about the fact that your partner will not be with you during scans or at other crucial points during your maternity … Read more

Birthrights is recruiting a Participation Officer – part time/flexible

24th September 2020

Applications for this post have now closed. Salary – £30,000 per annum pro rata (£15,000 actual) Hours – 18.75 hours per week based on a 37.5 hour working week. Deadline – 9am, Monday 26 October 2020 Location – Home-based (UK within reasonable commuting distance of London and able to travel to regular team meetings and … Read more

Ongoing visitor restrictions in maternity services

14th September 2020

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

3rd September 2020

       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

Birthrights calls for easing of visiting restrictions in maternity services

20th August 2020

Birthrights has today written to NHS England and NHS Improvement calling for national guidance on easing visiting restrictions in maternity services in England, to recognise the unique needs of pregnant women/birthing people and their partners. Some Trusts still have the same visiting restrictions that were put in place at the height of the pandemic. Birthrights … Read more

Birthrights is seeking new trustees – apply by 30.9.20

28th July 2020

Applications for these roles have now closed: appointment update. Birthrights is seeking three new trustees to join our board of trustees. This is an important and exciting time to join the Birthrights board. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, there is an unprecedented need for our services. Our advice service has seen a 400% … Read more