Protecting human rights in childbirth


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Birthrights and Irwin Mitchell announce three-year partnership to promote women’s human rights in childbirth

1st October 2019

Birthrights, the UK’s human rights in childbirth charity, and Irwin Mitchell, one of the largest law firms in the UK, have announced a new partnership over three years. The new agreement includes a package of corporate funding, pro bono advice, practical in-kind help with publications and events, and support for Birthrights’ projects, research and campaigns, … Read more

Birthrights names Nadine Montgomery as charity’s first Patron

19th September 2019

Birthrights is delighted to announce Nadine Montgomery as our first ever Patron. As a public ambassador for Birthrights, Nadine will continue her work to champion women’s autonomy and consent in childbirth, supporting our communications and campaigns, training for healthcare professional and high-level events. See our press release for more information. In 2015, the Montgomery v … Read more

Why we need to have more honest conversations with women about how birth might unfold…

16th September 2019

The National Maternity and Perinatal Audit (NMPA) clinical report 2019 was published last week and it makes for intriguing reading. For us at Birthrights, the report starts to provide some answers to questions we have been interested in for some time, for instance – is the focus on reducing the stillbirth rate driving up intervention … Read more

Human rights concerns as Court permits Caesarean on woman currently with mental capacity

4th September 2019

On Monday the Guardian reported on a Court of Protection ruling that permits doctors to perform a Caesarean section on a woman in case she loses capacity, against her express wishes. Birthrights has not yet seen the full judgment, however the reporting raises a number of very worrying questions about the process and its impact … Read more

Recruiting for an interim Chief Executive (maternity cover)

2nd September 2019

Our Chief Executive, Amy Gibbs, is expecting her second baby in January 2020, so we’re looking for an experienced, passionate charity leader to fulfil her role for 9 months, starting mid-December 2019. This is a brilliant opportunity to lead our small, impactful team and champion human rights in childbirth, at an exciting time for Birthrights. … Read more

Do you have experience of significant harm in maternity care?

26th July 2019

Birthrights is involved in an important research study about open disclosure in maternity care that is currently looking for lay Steering Group members. Birthrights Programmes Director, Maria Booker, is a co-investigator on the study (called DISCERN), led by Kings College London, looking at why some NHS Trusts are particularly good at being open with women … Read more

Tickets for new Birthrights training workshops are now on sale…

24th July 2019

Birthrights are delighted to be offering a new series of training workshops open to individuals doctors, midwives and others working with pregnant women and their families. We are running workshops in London on the 18th October and in Halifax on the 18th November where we will be exploring questions such as : – Can safe … Read more

Holding it all together – human rights and disadvantage

18th June 2019

Birthrights and Birth Companions have published a joint report – Holding it all together: Understanding how far the human rights of women facing disadvantage are respected during pregnancy, birth and postnatal care. The report marks a key milestone in a two-year joint research project funded by Trust for London, to help establish greater understanding of … Read more

Birthrights welcomes new Advice and Legal Officer…

17th June 2019

Birthrights is delighted to welcome Alice Waddington to the Birthrights fold as our Advice and Legal Officer. Alice replaces Reilly Willis who left Birthrights in April after being offered a full time Lectureship in Law close to home. Alice will be looking after our advice service; responding to enquiries, ensuring all materials are up to … Read more

Birthrights concerned by coronial stillbirth proposals

12th June 2019

Birthrights has today published its response to the consultation on coronial investigations into stillbirths which closes on the 18th June. We urge all those with an interest to submit a response before the deadline next Tuesday. Birthrights recognises the positive intent to help families, who have suffered the heartbreak of a stillbirth, to access an … Read more