Protecting human rights in childbirth

Why Birthrights training

The human rights framework equips midwives and doctors to judge when treatment is never acceptable, when an individual’s right to choose needs to be weighed against the rights of others, and how to enable women to make informed decisions about their care. At a time when healthcare professionals are under increasing pressure from competing requirements and stretched resources, human rights law empowers and protects healthcare professionals who put women at the centre of their care. 

Our trainers 

Our training sessions are run by two trainers – one with in-depth knowledge of human rights law and how it applies to maternity care and one who is a midwife or doctor with practical experience of delivering human rights centred care. Trainers are drawn from our team of staff, Trustees and Associate Trainers. 

Training outcomes 

Our training equips doctors, midwives and others supporting pregnant women with: 

  • knowledge of the law and human rights principles 
  • an understanding of how to apply it in practice  
  • the ability to communicate effectively with women in a way that upholds their human rights 

Our training is particularly effective if undertaken by multi-disciplinary teams that work together.