Protecting human rights in childbirth

Registered Charity Number 1151152

Work for us


We are currently recruiting for:

Chairperson of the Board

Freelance Fundraising Position:

We are looking for an experienced fundraiser to join the Birthrights team on a freelance basis!

Birthrights is the leading authority on the rights of women and birthing people throughout pregnancy and birth in the UK and our work has never been more urgent. The experiences and outcomes for many women and birthing people, and their babies, in the UK are alarming, and the rights of women and birthing people are under real threat. Birthrights’ work is critical to not only transforming the experiences and outcomes for individuals, but also in shifting wider policy, practice and systems. We do this by focusing on championing rights by empowering and supporting women and birthing people, training healthcare professionals, holding systems and institutions to account (including through strategic litigation and using the law strategically) and making visible the diverse experiences of maternity care. It is through this combination of activities that we contribute to the movements for birth justice and reproductive justice.

We are looking for a freelance fundraiser to support our co-CEOs to secure funds to continue to deliver our vital work at this critical time. The CEOs have been leading fundraising efforts to date and so you will be the only dedicated fundraising capacity in the organisation but you will be joining a small, dedicated and passionate team, committed to improving the outcomes and experiences of women and birthing people.

You will have experience in securing five/six figure sums from Trust and Foundations, ideally with experience doing this with within a context of human rights / womens rights / social justice / racial justice.

We can offer a day rate of £300 a day (including VAT) for up to 48 days – we anticipate this to be three days per week for 16 weeks, but would be open to some of this time being frontloaded depending on your assessment of our needs and the opportunities available. We would like someone to join us as soon as possible.

If you are interested in working with us, please send us the following by 9am on 20th November by emailing ceo@birthrights.org.uk:

  • A short summary of how your experience is relevant to this role
  • Your availability
  • An example of a successful funding application you have written (or if this is not possible a sample of your work that gives us a sense of how you would approach this)
  • Your CV with references

We aim to be in touch for an informal conversation over Zoom on 20th November between 12-3pm with shortlisted candidates, though can be flexible on timings if this does not fit with your availability.


We rely on the support of our amazing volunteers, including our Trustees and many other supporters. Volunteers have helped us to run events or stands at conferences, deliver our training, provide legal advice, support our communications, research and campaigns, and spread the word in their communities, workplaces and universities.

If you have skills, expertise or time you feel could benefit Birthrights, please contact us. We will hold your details on file and be in touch when an opportunity arises.

Associate 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. If you are interested in becoming a Birthrights Associate Trainer, please contact us.

About Birthrights

Birthrights is the UK charity that champions respectful maternity care by protecting human rights. We provide advice and legal information to women and birthing people, train healthcare professionals to deliver rights-respecting care and campaign to change maternity policy and systems.