Protecting human rights in childbirth


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Where are we with visiting restrictions in maternity services now?

18th January 2022

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

We are hiring! Policy Officer, Supporter Engagement Officer and Advice Co-ordinator

18th January 2022

Are you passionate about human rights and want to make a real difference to women and birthing people’s experience of pregnancy and childbirth? We are adding three part-time, flexible roles to our growing team! Policy Officer (22.5 hours/three days) – deadline 1st February 2022 We are looking for a deep-thinking, analytical policy or research professional … Read more

Our top 12 highlights of 2021

20th December 2021

Each December, we reflect as a team on our achievements – and this year we had the opportunity to do this in person, which was more magical than we could have imagined two years ago, before COVID-19 became a fixture in our daily lives. 2021 had the hallmarks of 2020 in many ways, starting with … Read more

Survey finds only one in four felt the information they received prepared them for induction

14th December 2021

A survey of more than 2,000 women in the UK has found many lacked enough information to make an informed decision about induction of labour. In August 2021, the Patient Information Forum conducted an online survey into women’s experiences of being induced in collaboration with maternity charities including Birthrights. In less than a fortnight, 2,325 … Read more

Birthrights premieres new film Speak Up, Speak Out

16th November 2021

Today (16 November) Birthrights has released Speak Up, Speak Out, a new film to demystify the complaints process. The film features the real-life stories of three women, whose birth experiences led them to considering or making a complaint about their care. Amy Gibbs, Chief Executive of Birthrights said ‘We understand the current pressures on midwives … Read more

Alliance urge Welsh Government to rethink guidance on visiting restrictions in maternity services

15th November 2021

A coalition of organisations who have campaigned on visiting restrictions throughout the pandemic has today written to Eluned Morgan, Health Minister for Wales, urging her to revise the guidance on visiting in maternity services during the pandemic. Despite Wales having no national restrictions on meeting others at present, visiting restrictions in maternity services are among … Read more

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board legally challenged over stringent visiting restrictions

12th November 2021

With our partners Irwin Mitchell LLP, Birthrights has today written to Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board with a letter of claim before judicial review, in response to their policy on visiting restrictions in antenatal and postnatal services. Restrictions currently include the exclusions of birth partners from inpatient antenatal and postnatal wards, and from outpatient … Read more

New MBRRACE report shows Black women still four times more likely to die in pregnancy and childbirth

11th November 2021

Report published today (MBRRACE-UK Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care, 11 November) shows the disparity in maternal mortality rates between women from Black and Asian aggregated ethnic groups and White women remains more than four times higher for Black women, two times higher for mixed ethnicity women and almost twice as high for Asian women. Birthrights, … Read more

Birthrights welcomes updated NICE guideline for induction

4th November 2021

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has today (4 November) published their final, updated guideline on the induction of labour. The guidelines in its draft form prompted widespread concern from the birth world after it recommended that all women and birthing people should be offered induction at 41 weeks. It also recommended … Read more

Birthrights and GMC – what does informed consent mean in maternity care?

17th September 2021

Informed Consent Human rights law requires every individual to be treated with dignity and respect and for their autonomy to be upheld. These principles are at the heart of guidance given to doctors by their regulator the General Medical Council (‘GMC’). We’ve worked with the GMC to explore what women and birthing people can expect … Read more