Human Rights and Childbirth: Dignity, Respect & Responsibility

Friday, 22nd March 2013
Jasper Hotel Conference Centre, Elizabeth St Melbourne

This forum will explore the strengths and limitations of human rights and respect frameworks for maternity care reform in Australia. It aims to facilitate discussions across the policy, legal and women's health communities as well as professional providers and birth consumer groups on strategies to advance the dignity, respect, and responsibility of birthing women and their carers.

It will build on several recent initiatives:

  • the European Human Rights conference held in the Hague in June 2012,
  • the Childbirth and the Law conference in Sydney in October 2012, and
  • the international initiative, Respectful Maternity Care.

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Contact Kerreen Reiger (La Trobe University) on

Auspiced by Legal Studies and Gender, Sexuality and Diversity Studies at La Trobe University and supported by the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University. Also supported by the Violence and Discrimination Against Women Research Network (VDAWnet), Childbirth Australia, the Maternity Coalition, The Australian College of Midwives Vic Branch (MIDPLUS points application applied for) and the Australian Institute for Patient and Family Centred Care.