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Protecting human rights in childbirth

Registered Charity Number 1151152

Birthrights announces new partnership with Komu

We are pleased to announce a new partnership with Komu, a pregnancy, birth and postnatal organisation offering accessible and affordable antenatal and postnatal care for expectant and new parents. This partnership builds on our vision to ensure everyone receives the respect and dignity they deserve in pregnancy and childbirth, and Komu empowers parents through knowledge … Read more

Birthrights responds to the Ockenden review

Today (Wednesday 30 March) the long-awaited final report of Donna Ockenden’s review into maternity services at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust will be published. Amy Gibbs, Birthrights’ Chief Executive, said ‘It is devastating to hear the scale of deaths, injuries and trauma that might have been prevented at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust. Our thoughts … Read more

Two years on from the first lockdown

A few weeks ago, we were on the verge of launching a crowd-funding campaign to raise thousands of pounds to take Cwm Taf Health Board to court for keeping partners out of their maternity wards. The Birthrights team were working round the clock to put together our first ever crowdfunding campaign, and cancelling well deserved leave … Read more

Birthrights responds to the Government’s consultation on Human Rights Reform

In December 2021, the Government published an open consultation as part of their plans to reform the Human Rights Act (Human Rights Reform: A Modern Bill of Rights). As the UK charity that champions respectful care during pregnancy and childbirth by protecting human rights, we have submitted a response to the consultation. Within the consultation, … Read more

New opportunities at Birthrights! Clinical Advisory Network and Associate Trainers

Could you help us to improve maternity care? We are recruiting for new Associate Trainers and a new Clinical Advisory Network to inform our work. Join our Clinical Advisory Network  In response to our inclusion goals, the challenging external environment, the complexity of needs we see in our advice work, and the evident appetite from … Read more

We are hiring! Operations Manager (maternity cover), Policy Officer, Supporter Engagement Officer and Advice Co-ordinator

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 four part-time, flexible roles to our growing team! Operations Manager- Maternity Cover (22.5 hours/three days) – deadline 15th February 2022 Our amazing Operations Manager is leaving Birthrights to have … Read more

Where are we with visiting restrictions in maternity services now?

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

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

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

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