Protecting human rights in childbirth

Registered Charity Number 1151152

About us

Birthrights is the leading authority on the rights of women and birthing people during pregnancy and birth in the UK.

We provide advice and information on your legal rights, train doctors and midwives, and campaign to change maternity policy and systems.

Our Vision

Our vision is of a world where women and birthing people can access safe maternity care that fully respects their right to bodily autonomy and self-agency, free from discrimination, coercion and violence.

Our Mission

Birthrights is here to champion the fundamental rights of women and birthing people during pregnancy and birth across the UK. 

Our rights-based approach

Birthrights promotes your right to receive evidence-based care that conforms to the best medical and midwifery standards. We do not promote any particular clinical perspectives in maternity care.

These rights are set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and subsequent United Nations conventions and declarations, and the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

The information on our website is factually correct at the time of writing.

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