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Birthrights is seeking new trustees – apply by 30.9.20

28th July 2020

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% increase in demand and we are supporting hundreds of … Read more

Home birth contracts

25th June 2020

The BBC reported this week that NHS Lothian was reinstating its home birth service but would require individuals to sign contracts promising a series of safeguards for midwives. Earlier in the week there were reports of other Trusts in England using contracts to spell out the risks (the benefits were sadly omitted) of home birth. … Read more

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

15th June 2020

£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’ communication with Trusts & other organisations re coronavirus

23rd April 2020

Birthrights works to empower individuals contacting our advice line, Maternity Voices Partnerships and others with an interest, with the information they need to assess and challenge local decisions where appropriate. However where necessary we also write to Trusts and Local Maternity Systems and other organisations directly. The table below lists our correspondence with Trusts and … Read more

Birthrights joins the #TwoPointsSix Challenge

22nd April 2020

Join the rest of the country coming together to show your support for charities including Birthrights to meet the challenges faced by Covid 19. Birthrights has seen a huge increase in demand for our advice service from women who are fearful and anxious about their rights and choices in pregnancy and birth during the Covid … Read more

Birthrights calls for protection of UK women giving birth during coronavirus

31st March 2020

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?

12th March 2020

(updated 25th July 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

9th March 2020

“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

6th March 2020

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

A further update on Oxford’s maternal request caesarean policy

14th February 2020

Sir Jonathan Montgomery (Chair of the Trust Board) wrote to Birthrights this week on behalf of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH), to provide a long overdue update on their maternal request caesarean policy. Whilst there was no indication that OUH’s policy of referring women to Gloucester has changed, Sir Jonathan did extend the … Read more