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Protecting human rights in childbirth

Registered Charity Number 1151152

Are you the next CEO of Birthrights?

We are sad to announce that, after nearly four years leading Birthrights, Amy Gibbs is to step down as our CEO and will be leaving the charity in July. Elizabeth Prochaska, co-Founder and Chair of Birthrights, said: “We could not be prouder of everything Amy achieved at Birthrights. She has built a strong, impactful, inclusive … Read more

Birthrights responds to the Ockenden review

Today (Wednesday 30 March) the long-awaited final report of Donna Ockenden’s review into maternity services at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust will be published. Amy Gibbs, Birthrights’ Chief Executive, said ‘It is devastating to hear the scale of deaths, injuries and trauma that might have been prevented at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust. Our thoughts … Read more

Two years on from the first lockdown

A few weeks ago, we were on the verge of launching a crowd-funding campaign to raise thousands of pounds to take Cwm Taf Health Board to court for keeping partners out of their maternity wards. The Birthrights team were working round the clock to put together our first ever crowdfunding campaign, and cancelling well deserved leave … Read more

Birthrights responds to the Government’s consultation on Human Rights Reform

In December 2021, the Government published an open consultation as part of their plans to reform the Human Rights Act (Human Rights Reform: A Modern Bill of Rights). As the UK charity that champions respectful care during pregnancy and childbirth by protecting human rights, we have submitted a response to the consultation. Within the consultation, … Read more

We are hiring! Operations Manager (maternity cover), Policy Officer, Supporter Engagement Officer and Advice Co-ordinator

Are you passionate about human rights and want to make a real difference to women and birthing people’s experience of pregnancy and childbirth? We are adding four part-time, flexible roles to our growing team! Operations Manager- Maternity Cover (22.5 hours/three days) – deadline 15th February 2022 Our amazing Operations Manager is leaving Birthrights to have … Read more

Birthrights premieres new film Speak Up, Speak Out

Today (16 November) Birthrights has released Speak Up, Speak Out, a new film to demystify the complaints process. The film features the real-life stories of three women, whose birth experiences led them to considering or making a complaint about their care. Amy Gibbs, Chief Executive of Birthrights said ‘We understand the current pressures on midwives … Read more

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board legally challenged over stringent visiting restrictions

With our partners Irwin Mitchell LLP, Birthrights has today written to Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board with a letter of claim before judicial review, in response to their policy on visiting restrictions in antenatal and postnatal services. Restrictions currently include the exclusions of birth partners from inpatient antenatal and postnatal wards, and from outpatient … Read more

Birthrights welcomes updated NICE guideline for induction

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has today (4 November) published their final, updated guideline on the induction of labour. The guidelines in its draft form prompted widespread concern from the birth world after it recommended that all women and birthing people should be offered induction at 41 weeks. It also recommended … Read more