Protecting human rights in childbirth

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Current courses and events

“Human Rights in Maternity Care: helping others navigate the system”

30th April 10.30AM-1PM – Online Training

£35 per ticket

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Join Birthrights for an introduction to human rights law and how it can be used as a tool to advocate for safer care and empower women and birthing people to advocate for safe, respectful care. Our session “Human Rights in Maternity Care: helping others navigate the system” will provide an introduction to human rights law and principles and why they matter in pregnancy and childbirth.

Are you a birth worker, doula, childbirth educator, or a peer supporter working with or providing support to pregnant women and birthing people? Do you want to learn more about what human rights are, where they come from and how they apply in maternity care? If so, this training session is for you!

By the end of the session you will be able to answer questions such as:

  • How can human rights support us to advocate for safe and personalised care?
  • What really is informed consent and what does it look like?
  • How can we use human rights to challenge embedded and harmful ways of practice?

We will examine maternity practices that violate human rights and consider what a human rights centred maternity service looks like. The session will provide those supporting pregnant women and birthing people with guidance on how to raise concerns and what resources are available.

If you work for an organisation that supports women and pregnant people and think your whole team might benefit from this introductory session, do get in touch at training@birthrights.org.uk to discuss what a tailored session for your organisation might look like.

A note for healthcare professionals interested in this event: We welcome all those working in the maternity setting at this event, however our training for healthcare professionals is most valuable when undertaken in teams in a hospital setting and tailored for for a healthcare professional audience. If you are a healthcare professional and want to find out more about Birthrights training, please get in touch directly with our Training team to find out more: training@birthrights.org.uk  

What people say about our training:

“Thank you so much for such a valuable course. You empowered us Doulas today and hope we can empower mothers/birthing people too.” – Doula who attended Birthrights Training in 2022

“More people need to be aware of the human rights in maternity care. Every health care professional and birth worker should take Birthrights’ training course.” – Doula who attended Birthrights Training in 2022

The training session will be held on Zoom. Following the session, participants receive an attendance certificate, a pdf of the slides used and links to resources referred to in the session. Please contact the Training team on training@birthrights.org.uk if you have any questions.

There are 25 places available on this event. If the event is sold out, you will be added to the waitlist to be contacted for future events.

Need advice about human rights in maternity care?

Knowing your rights and the law in pregnancy and childbirth is essential. If you are pregnant or recently given birth or supporting someone who is pregnant and need advice on any aspect of your or their care, please contact our advice team.

Our free factsheets are packed with latest information on human rights in maternity care including where they come from in law, and how they are backed up in guidance.

Are you a healthcare professional who works with pregnant women and birthing people?

Our training equips doctors, midwives and other birth workers with knowledge of the law and human rights principles, an understanding of how to apply it in practice, and the ability to communicate effectively with women and birthing people in a way that upholds their human rights. We offer a 10% discount to multidisciplinary teams.