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Birthrights appoints new Chief Executive

11th October 2018

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of our new Chief Executive, Amy Gibbs, who will join Birthrights at the end of November 2018. Amy is a health and human rights campaigner and senior leader with over 12 years experience in national charities, local government and Parliament. Throughout her career she has led teams and … Read more

Birthrights welcomes new Legal Officer

3rd October 2018

Birthrights is delighted to welcome Reilly Willis, our new Legal Officer to the staff team. Reilly, who starts with Birthrights this week, is an experienced international human rights lawyer specialising in women’s rights and gender equality. You can find out more about Reilly here. Reilly will be responding to our advice line enquiries, ensuring our … Read more

What does a good maternal request caesarean policy look like?

21st August 2018

One of the primary objectives of our campaign on maternal request caesarean is to highlight examples of best practice and celebrate the Trusts taking a woman-centred approach. One of the guidelines that really stood out to us was that of Birmingham Women’s Hospital (BWH). BWH’s guideline on maternal request caesarean explicitly recognises that the evidence base around … Read more

Maternal request caesarean research highlights postcode lottery

21st August 2018

Birthrights has published research today concerning the treatment of women who request a caesarean section. Results of a nationwide Freedom of Information Act request show that the majority of Trusts in the UK make the process of requesting a caesarean lengthy, difficult or inconsistent adding anxiety and distress to women at a vulnerable time. And lawyers … Read more

Recruiting for Chief Executive Officer

6th August 2018

Birthrights is looking for a leader to join us as our new CEO. You will lead develop a dynamic and influential young charity which is changing the conversation in maternity care and putting human rights and respectful care high on the agenda for women, healthcare professionals and policy makers. Birthrights champions women’s rights to dignity, autonomy, humane treatment and non-discrimination. … Read more

Leadership news

2nd August 2018

Birthrights CEO Rebecca Schiller will be stepping down from her current role at the end of September 2018 and will be re-joining the Board of Trustees to continue her work for the organisation. Birthrights will start the recruitment process for a new CEO on 6th August and will be looking to recruit a dynamic and experienced leader … Read more

Recruiting new Legal Officer

30th May 2018

Birthrights is the UK’s only organisation dedicated to improving women’s experience of pregnancy and childbirth by promoting respect for human rights. The Legal Officer is a new and critical role at Birthrights to manage our advisory and legal work, including running the advice service, overseeing strategic litigation and providing legal policy input with core stakeholders. This … Read more

New research: Disabled women need to be heard and respected as experts about their bodies

20th March 2018

Research published today and commissioned by Birthrights shows that disabled women are generally not receiving the individualised care and support they that they need to make choices about their maternity care. Today’s publication includes and builds on the survey research published in 2016 which found that more than a quarter of disabled women asked felt … Read more

Home birth – what are a Trust’s responsibilities towards midwives and women?

7th March 2018

What are the responsibilities of midwives to care for women who have requested a home birth? And how can Trusts best support these responsibilities? Midwives owe the women they care for a legal ‘duty of care’. They are obliged by the NMC Code to ‘put the interests of people using midwifery services first’ and to … Read more

Shropshire Midwifery Led Units re-open their doors

5th January 2018

New Year’s Day saw the re-opening of the three Midwifery Led Units in Bridgnorth, Oswestry and Ludlow, which is great news for local women expecting a baby in 2018. A consultation expected to propose their permanent closure and replacement with community hubs is due to be published shortly. The response from Shropshire CCG to our … Read more

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