Protecting human rights in childbirth


We raise awareness of the rights issues women and birthing people face through the media and online.
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Keeping in touch

4th February 2021

Women have told us that how Trusts communicate with them about changes to maternity services can be as important as the changes themselves. In this guest blog, Sally Talbot shares what the maternity team at South Warwickshire Foundation Trust have done to communicate effectively with both women/birthing people and staff during the pandemic…. We are … Read more


1st February 2021

The #BasicBirthRights campaign seeks to raise awareness of the absolute rights women and birthing people have in maternity care

Partners should be able to join maternity scans remotely say lawyers

31st January 2021

Birthrights has received legal advice stating that Trusts which prevent partners from attending scans, and don’t allow partners to be involved in the appointment remotely, may be acting unlawfully and unreasonably.

Birthrights is growing! New part-time Engagement Director and Training Officer roles (deadline 8 Feb)

22nd January 2021

Thanks to new funding from Thirty Percy and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, we are thrilled to be adding two new roles to our small but mighty team. We need a creative, inspiring communicator and leader to be our first ever Engagement Director. You will head up a new engagement team, working alongside the Programmes Director who … Read more

Partners & scans

12th January 2021

We have had hundreds of enquiries via our advice line about whether partners should be able to attend scans in person, and if not, whether a partner should be able to take part in a scan appointment remotely. This blog post explores the issues. Should partners be allowed to attend scans in person? Yes if … Read more

12 highlights of 2020

21st December 2020

Reflections from our Chief Executive, Amy Gibbs. Each December, we reflect as a team on our achievements. 2020 has posed more challenges than any of us could have imagined – personally, professionally and for human rights in childbirth. Having only come back from maternity leave in October, I’m in total awe of the team for … Read more

Birthrights response to the Ockenden report

17th December 2020

Much proverbial ink has been spent this week responding to the first report from the Ockenden review into maternity services at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust. Finding something new to say to another heartbreaking report into maternity services is challenging and yet the depth and scale of the harm done to families demands a response. … Read more

Update on maternal request caesarean at Oxford University Hospitals…

25th November 2020

Elizabeth Prochaska and Maria Booker from Birthrights, met with Sir Jonathan Montgomery (Chair of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH)) and Professor Meghana Pandit (Chief Medical Officer, OUH) on the 15th October 2020. This followed a meeting earlier this year on the 18th May to discuss OUH’s policy on maternal request caesarean (MRCS). At … Read more

Long term impact of visiting restrictions “could be catastrophic” MPs, academics and campaigners warn NHS England CEO…

15th November 2020

This weekend, the letter below, drafted by Birthrights and Pregnant then Screwed and signed by over 100 MPs, academics, charities and campaigners, was sent to Simon Stevens (Chief Executive of NHS England and Improvement). The letter and the survey it refers to were covered in the Mail on Sunday. Dear Simon Stevens (the Chief Executive … Read more

Birthrights to appoint four new Trustees

5th November 2020

After an external recruitment process, Birthrights is delighted to announce the appointment of four new Trustees, who will formally join the Board in January 2021. Almost 70 people with a wide range of personal and professional experiences applied for the roles, which were advertised following a Board diversity and skills audit earlier in 2020. The … Read more