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Protecting human rights in childbirth

COVID-19 has created a maternity mental health burden of £17.5 billion

Perinatal depression and anxiety could cost society an additional £17.5 billion in England, an analysis commissioned by Birthrights, the UK’s charity for protecting human rights in childbirth, has concluded. The article, written by health economist and Associate Professor (UCL) Rachael Hunter and published by the Journal of Quality in Health Care & Economics, discusses the … Read more

BLOG: Second birth partners – are doulas a middle class luxury?

Many people have an image of doulas working with middle-class women who can afford additional support. However doulas also work with women facing difficult and complex circumstances.  In the third blog post in our series on second birth partners, we hear from Jo Doherty, Group Leader for the Happy Baby Community (HBC) a pan-London community … Read more

BLOG: Second birth partners – the maternity services perspective…

Visitor restrictions in maternity units have changed significantly over the last few weeks which is fantastic news. However one of the areas where we would like to see more progress is Trusts and Boards inviting second birth partners back into maternity services as a matter of course. This may not come top of the list of priorities … Read more

BLOG: Forced transfer to hospital ruled lawful in second agoraphobia case

For the second time this year, the Court of Protection has ruled it lawful to transfer a pregnant woman to hospital to give birth, apparently against her wishes. The Court of Protection exists to make decisions on financial, welfare and health matters for people who ‘lack capacity’ to make the decision for themselves under the … Read more

BLOG: How kindness can make all the difference in challenging times…

Midwife and Birthrights Associate Trainer, Octavia Wiseman, reflects on the difference kindness can make in maternity care. Octavia experienced the kindness of other professionals first hand after her house went up in flames just a couple of weeks ago… The last twelve months have been challenging for us all. For me, the upheaval of the … Read more

BLOG: Happy International Day of the Midwife!

On International Day of the Midwife 2021, Sophie Russell, Consultant Midwife at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust and a Birthrights Trainer, gives us an insight into a typical day and reflects on how human rights impact her work as a midwife. Each day in my role is unique, rewarding and challenging; here is a snippet … Read more

Birthrights backs return of maternity training fund

Birthrights has signed an open letter to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, calling for the reinstatement of the Maternity Safety Training Fund. The letter was initiated by the charity Baby Lifeline. The last Maternity Safety Training Fund, in 2016, enabled Trusts to access a wide range of training courses to ensure staff were up to … Read more