The British government rightly supports free maternity care in many developing countries, but is not doing so in the UK. This is inconsistent, hypocritical, unethical.
WRA in the UK is campaigning for:
Rights of all pregnant women, new mothers and newborns to safe and dignified care
Changes in government policy to remove charges for maternity care for all women, whatever their status
An end to the detention of pregnant women
What Women Want
What Women Want is a global advocacy campaign to improve quality maternal and reproductive healthcare for women and girls and strengthen health systems. We are asking over a million women around the world, about their personal reproductive health priorities.
It's astounding how often we hear that women are surprised at even being asked, as if it's a given they have no say in what happens to their own bodies during pregnancy and birth, and no say in the health services which they have a right to. Which of course is all too often the reality.
By challenging that we are challenging the power structures that still subjugate women by denying their reproductive rights, choices, autonomy - all around the world. Tell us what quality care means to you.
Drop the Charges: Universal Access to Maternity Care
Respectful maternity care (RMC) is a universal human right that is due to every childbearing woman in every health system. Evidence suggests that in countries with high maternal mortality, the fear of disrespect and abuse in facility-based maternity care is a more powerful deterrent to use of skilled care than commonly recognised barriers such as cost or distance. Read more.
Pregnant women living in the UK without documents are having to make difficult decisions about accessing maternity services, potentially risking their lives and those of their unborn children, because of charges imposed by the NHS. WRA UK is working with health professionals, human rights groups and activists to ensure that charges which can put women and babies at risk are dropped. Read more.