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Birthrights cautiously welcomes first signs of change to OUH maternal request caesarean policy

27th March 2019

Birthrights has written once again to Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) cautiously welcoming moves to review its policy of sending women who ask for a maternal request caesarean to other Trusts. Lawyers acting for Birthrights wrote to the Trust in July last year, asking detailed questions about how OUH responded to requests from … Read more

Neighbourhood Midwives

30th January 2019

We were very saddened to hear last week about the imminent closure of Neighbourhood Midwives. Neighbourhood Midwives started out as a private, independent midwifery company, but were commissioned by Waltham Forest CCG to offer continuity of care, free of charge, to women as part of a two year pilot following  “Better Births”. Neighbourhood Midwives have … Read more

Birthrights responds to the CQC's national maternity survey

29th January 2019

Commenting on the findings of the CQC’s national maternity survey, Amy Gibbs, Chief Executive of Birthrights, said: “It’s positive that overall 88% of women surveyed felt they were ‘always’ treated with respect and dignity during labour and birth, but other findings highlight areas where maternity care is failing to respect women’s basic rights. “Every woman … Read more

Birthrights responds to the NHS Long Term Plan

7th January 2019

Responding to the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan today, Amy Gibbs, Chief Executive of Birthrights, said: “We are really pleased to see improving maternity care at the heart of the NHS Long Term Plan, particularly the commitment that most women will receive continuity of carer by March 2021. We know that seeing the … Read more

Reflections on 2018

21st December 2018

Four weeks into being Birthrights’ new Chief Executive, I’m feeling very lucky to lead such a brilliant organisation and brimming with positivity and ideas for 2019. I’m blessed with a very talented team, engaged and expert Trustees, supportive funders, invaluable partners and a wider enthusiastic pool of people who share our mission to improve women’s … Read more

Six months on and still no response from OUH on maternal request caesarean policy…

13th December 2018

Our Chair, Elizabeth Prochaska, has today written to Dame Fiona Caldicott, Chair of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to urge her to hold her board to account over the lack of response to a letter sent in July, asking OUH to clarify important details surrounding its maternal request caesarean policy. It is somewhat surprising … Read more

Happy Human Rights Day 2018

10th December 2018

As the UK’s only organisation protecting human rights in pregnancy & childbirth, Birthrights are very proud to be supporting #HumanRightsDay2018 & to join forces with 155 organisations asking the PM to safeguard our freedoms here in the UK #weareallhuman #humanrightsday2018 #humanrights Full text of the letter, co-ordinated by the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR): Dear Prime Minister Today, on … Read more

31st October 2018

Birthrights now has a dedicated email address for advice enquiries: advice@ If you have any queries about human rights relating to maternity care – please get in touch with us. Our free email advice line is not only for women and their families but also for healthcare professionals. If you have any other enquiries … Read more

Would you like to be a Birthrights Associate trainer?

19th October 2018

Do you have human rights expertise? Are you a healthcare professional who puts human rights centred care into practice? Birthrights is looking for experienced trainers to join its Associate Trainer team as either a Legal trainer or a Healthcare Professional trainer. We will give you the training you need, ongoing support and pay you for … Read more

'Child of Mine' documentary, showing parents coming to terms with the stillbirth of their babies

18th October 2018

Tonight True Visions’s ‘Child of Mine’ documentary, showing parents coming to terms with the stillbirth of their babies, will be shown on Channel 4 at 10pm on Thursday 18th October 2018. We absolutely understand the potential benefits of a sensitively made documentary on stillbirth and the importance of raising awareness of what bereaved parents go … Read more

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