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Top Ten tips for what women want from their midwives - The 20 AIMS Committee and Committee Associates told Essential MIDIRS what women had told us they wanted of their midwives.
The committee and associate committee members of the Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services (AIMS) come from different backgrounds, range in age from our 20s to our 80s and live in various parts of England, Scotland and Wales. Since 1960, when AIMS formed, we have received constant feedback from a great many women about their experiences of birth, the maternity services and the practitioners involved in their care.

There is a smart drug - it's called breast milk - Article by Johann Hari which appear in The Independent 19 June 2008

Suck On This - the shocking truth about the baby junk food industry - Article by Pat Thomas, previous editor of the AIMS Journal, in the Ecologist, April 2006, p22-33.

Medication and the unborn child? - The following paper was presented by Beverley Lawrence Beech to the Second International Conference of Midwives in Budapest, Hungary, on the 27th October 2004.

Successful home birth despite 'low' iron count - woman challenges health authority policy.

Twins - Twice by Beverley Beech. Active birth or caesarean section?

Misoprostol (Cytotec) Health Warning - This drug has crept into use in British maternity units, but is not licensed for induction of labour. See also the AIMS Journal Vol 13 Number 3 for more articles about Misoprostol.

Midwifery for the 21st Century - Action Now - What you can do to support the One Mother One Midwife campaign for the implementation of the NHS Community Midwifery Model. Includes suggested draft letters and contact details for people who need to be influenced and challenged.

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AIMS Journal, Volume 27 No 3, 2015 - Stillbirth

Caring for parents
Gill Boden, Debbie Chippington Derrick and Shane Ridley talk about stillbirth

What happens next?
Brenda van der Kooy looks at the importance of giving parents time to decide

A stillbirth legacy
Nicky Heppenstall shares why she became a volunteer remembrance photographer

One chance to get it right
Amanda Hunter talks about providing bereavement care after stillbirth or the death of a baby

Stillbirth support resources
Shane Ridley highlights good support organisations and their websites

Perinatal mortality
Beverley Beech comments on the MBRRACE Perinatal Surveillance Report

One-to-one care
Lulu Stacey shares her experience of supportive midwifery in a case-loading practice

My story
Heather talks about creating memories of her son Raymond

Memories of George
Radka Elliott wrote this piece only two days after George's birth

After stillbirth
Shane Ridley reflects on her very positive experience of receiving support

Women and midwives working together
Olivia Lester report on the AIMS talk by Mavis Kirkham

Research:
Gemma McKenzie and Nadia Higson review

Book Reviews:

Also in this issue:
The Birth Project Paintings, About the Quilt Cover illustration

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AIMS Journal, Volume 27 No 2, 2015 - Ensuring good births for all

AIMS for the future
Shane Ridley talk about the vision for AIMS as a charity

Like Oliver Twist, we want more
Jean Robinson looks at studies of death and injury during and after pregnancy and birth

Sally Rowlette's inquest
Jo Murphy Lawless asks what it tells us about the context of maternal deaths in Ireland

When a mother dies...
Manisha Nair, Charlotte McClymont, Anjali Shah and Marian Knight explain the work of MBRRACE-UK

Work in progress
Exploring midwives' deepest concerns in practice

Knitting as commemoration, knitting for legal change
Jo Murphy Lawless

Keeping women and babies safe
Becky Reed reflects on outcomes from the Albany Practice

Stories behind the numbers
Christine Morton looks at the social invisibility of maternal morbidities in the United States

Maternal death reporting
Ina May Gaskin looks at financial pressures versus accurate maternal death reporting within the US private healthcare 'system'

Future mothers 2014
MBRRACE UK conference on the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths and Morbidity

Maths and miscommunications
Colm OBoyle and Joan Lalor explore maternal death reporting in Ireland

Working together
Hannah Robertson shares her experiences of meetings between midwives and doulas

Research:
Gill Gyte reviews

Book Reviews:

Also in this issue:
A tribute to Sheila Kitzinger The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project

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AIMS Journal, Volume 27 No 1, 2015 - Human Rights and the maternity jigsaw

What human rights legislation means for AIMS
Shane Ridley explains

Beyond human rights
Nadine Edwards discusses how human rights are only part of the jigsaw of care

The paradox of too much or too little care
Helen Shallow reports on the International Confederation of Midwives Congress

The filming of birth
Gill Boden looks at the human rights issues around maintaining women's privacy and dignity

A gathering storm
Elizabeth Prochaska looks at birth rights in the United Kingdom

Guilty until you prove your innocence
Beverley Beech reports on why Child Protection does not work

Why is it so hard?
Colm OBoyle explains how the HSE removes agency, making homebirth in Ireland so difficult

Northern breech conference
Sophie Whitecross reports on the Sheffield conference

Looking back to the future
Nadine Edwards reports on the RSM Maternity and Newborn Forum conference

Group B Strep explained
Liz Nightingale, Meg Miskin-Garside and Sarah Ifill report on the AIMS Talk

New NICE Intrapartum Guideline
Beverley Beech report on this guideline for care of healthy women and their babies during childbirth

Denial of human rights
Susannah Sweetman describes the impact on individual mothers and babies

Research:
Nadine Edwards and Gemma McKenzie review

Book Reviews:

Also in this issue:
Withdrawal of insurance for VBAC, Midwife with excellent safety record suspended, RCM members vote to take industrial action, Criminalising pregnant women? Hungarian midwife still facing court proceedings, Blow for human rights

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AIMS Journal, Volume 26 No 4, 2014 - Supporting Birth

Changing birth support
Gill Boden, Debbie Chippington Derrick and Shane Ridley remind us what it is all about

Rebozo in an NHS setting
Jude Davis encourages those supporting births to increase their confidence

Shiatsu and birth support? Suzanne Yates introduces the principles of what shiatsu can bring to pregnancy and birth Positive Birth Movement
Melissa Thomas, Jenny Hallam and Chris Howard share feedback for Positive Birth Groups

Hypnobirthing
Katharine Graves shows the power of deep relaxation and positive thought in birth

Pregnancy and Parents Centre
Nadine Edwards shares an example of the difference good support can make

AIMS homebirth survey
Nadia Higson shares the results of an exploration of what is on offer to women

Midwifery in Tanzania
Rose Mlay gives a view from the ground

Maternal mortality
Magdalena Ohaja and Jo Murphy-Lawless highlight the complexities in sub-Saharan Africa

Neri Winterstein-Minnigin
Ilana Winterstein shares her birth story
Doula Ly Malnick gives her account of Neri's birth
Selina Blackmore gives her perspective as the on-call midwife

Research:
Andrea Nove reviews

Book Reviews:

Also in this issue: Microbirth report, Supporting those who witness bad practice, Feedback from a Positive Birth facilitator, AIMS pays tribute to Stephen Gaskin & Mary Ann Cahill

AIMS Journal, Volume 26 No 3, 2014 - State of the NHS

Good maternity care for all
Nadine Edwards and Jo Murphy-Lawless urge us to act now

Anything but Simple
Jo Murphy-Lawless shows why we need to understand the 2012 Health and Social Care Act

Things are different in Wales
Gill Boden discusses the Welsh NHS and maternity services

The search for continuity
Nicky Wesson and Natalie Carter look at some of the issues of continuity in NHS maternity care

Experiencing caseloading
Vicky Cottrill shares her birth story

Dutch Midwifery
Simone Valk and Rebekka Visser explain why Dutch midwifery is threatened by market forces

Interview with Wendy Savage
Beverley Beech seeks Wendy's views on the changes within the NHS

Continuity consensus emerging
Gill Boden describes progress being made towards caseloading care in London

Albany Midwifery Practice
Jude Davis talks about the launch of a new website exploring the Albany model of care

Brand new NHS Reinstatement Bill from Allyson Pollock gives hope to campaigners

My Airedale Midwife
An NHS midwifery caseloading initiative in Yorkshire

Research:
Nadine Edward reviews

Book Reviews:

Also in this issue: Obituary - Doris Buttry Haire, Keep our NHS Public - People's march for the NHS, HMOs

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AIMS Journal, Volume 26 No 2, 2014 - Long-term Impact

Beyond the moment of birth
Nadine Edwards looks at the potential long-term impacts of maternity care

Ten Things...
I wish every woman knew about induction of labour by Sara Wickham

Midwife Julia Duthie's case
Nadine Edwards reports on Julia's six year pursuit of justice

What is FGM?
Siobán O’Brien Green highlights the serious issues surrounding female genital mutilation

Master
Hazel Katherine Larkin explores the power of terminology

SCPHRP (Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy) Public Seminar: Exploring continuity of care in maternity and post-natal services
Nadine Edward reports on this seminar which took place at the University of Edinburgh on 27 May 2014

A zumba-induced baby
Virginia Hatton shares her story of being pregnant for 40 weeks and 18 days

Research:
Gill Boden and Nadine Edwards review

Book Reviews:

Also in this issue: Obituary - Marsden Grigg Wagner

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AIMS Journal, Volume 26 No 1, 2014

Woman-led care
Vicki Williams asks for evidence and compassion in maternity services

A brief glimpse into hell
Jo Murphy-Lawless looks at what lies behind the Irish inquest into Bimbo Onanuga's death

Lip service and red tape
Susan Merrick asks if RCM practice guidance makes any difference in maternity care

Evaluating technology
Jo Dagustun offers a geographical appraisal of the birth pool

Which? Birth Choice
Miranda Dodwell introduces a new website providing information on local maternity services

Personalised maternity care
Emma Ashworth reports on the Health Education England meeting, 28 February 2014, Leeds

Birth and the future of Homo Sapiens
Hypnobirthing Association 'Sharing Day' - Michel Odent. 1 March 2014, King's College London

The Face of Birth
Where the Personal gets Political - An Australian documentary about pregnancy, childbirth and the power of choice

Research:
Nadine Edwards & Gemma McKenzie review

Book Reviews:

Also in this issue:
Campaigning success
Reporting drug reactions
Ágnes Geréb, finally free from house arrest
What else is in that?
Face to face with the GMC

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AIMS Journal, Volume 25 No 4, 2013 Freedom of choice - When women really get to choose

Editorial - Free from Choice
Vicki Williams takes a journey to primal birthing

Free to Birth
Joanna Joy looks at why women choose to freebirth

Birthing Safely
Sarah Buckley shows how undisturbed birth is safe, ecstatic and our natural state

Mixing the Message
Rachel Reed highlights some of the confusing information given to women

Antenatal Care
Vicki Williams asks if it is care that improves pregnancy outcomes rather than check-ups

Freebirth and Social Services
Melissa Thomas describes her experience of a babymoon shattered by intervention

Freebirth and the Law

Birth, Babies, Breastfeeding and Bonding
Pipa Derrick report on the AIMS talk in Bristol by Dr Sarah Buckley in August 2014

Family Birth
Hannah Robertson describes the beautiful birth of her third child

Grace
Sarah Holdway shares the unassisted birth of her fourth child

Welcome to the World
Vicki Williams shares the story of her sixth child, a home birth after two sections

My Birth Story
Joanna Joy shares her birth story

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Also in this issue:
AIMS Campaign Network
News: The 4th European Midwives Association Education Conference and Forced Caesareans
Poems: Imagine a woman... and I have carried you, always

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AIMS Journal, Volume 25 No 3, 2013 - Breastfeeding and Biology - Supporting access to breastmilk?

Campaigning - Making the Most of Change
Debbie Chippington Derrick looks at care and campaigns springing from NHS reform

Supporting Breastmilk
Vicki Williams talks about some of the barriers to supporting breastfeeding

Full-term Breastfeeding
Katherine Dettwyler discusses how biological norms are overwritten by culture

Night Feeding
Vicki Williams sheds some light on the benefits of night feeds

Drugs in Breastmilk
Wendy Jones looks at the reality and the evidence

Myth Busting Milk Banking
Gillian Weaver throws some facts at the misconceptions that abound

Campaigning for Equal Access
Donna Scott gives a petitioner’s perspective of requesting donor breastmilk through the Scottish Parliament

NCT Breastfeeding Package
Commissioning communications crisis will hit breastfeeding targets, says NCT

Welcome in Wakefield
Emma Ashworth introduces Wakefield’s Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme

Event Reports
Birth Story - Sheffield Screening of Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives
Reports of ABM Conference June 2013
Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Birth, AIMS talk by Kathryn Gutteridge, July 2013
Family Constellations - A workshop with Julia Duthie, January 2013

Book Reviews:

Also in this issue:

Virginia Howes shares her breastfeeding video Apple Dumplings
Latch Key by Alison Blenkinsop from Fit to Bust
Breastfeeding in Public, Tickery Quackery Mock and other poems

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AIMS Journal, Volume 25 No 2, 2013

When women are forgotten
Vicki Williams asks us to stop the senseless disregard for women and their families

Improving our thinking
Elselijn Kingma shows us how to change maternity care by changing the way we think about it

Harsh Myths, Harsher Realities
Jo Murphy-Lawless talks about maternal deaths in Ireland and the maternity services crisis

Irish Inquests
Jo Murphy-Lawless looks at the inquest into Savita Halappanavar's death and its aftermath

Neonatal resuscitation
David Hutchon and Amanda Burleigh look at breathing support and optimal clamping

Childbirth, Nature and Culture
Zalka Drglin explores the imaginary contradiction

Postpartum Aggravation
Alicja Piotrowska describes her experiences of postnatal intervention

Book Reviews:

Also in this issue:
Campaigning issues including the march For Independent Midwifery
Update on the Ágnes Geréb case
The misoprostol debate continues and the curious case of Greek placentas
Report on Stuart Farmer run of the Manchester Marathon in support of AIMS

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AIMS Journal, Volume 25 No 1, 2013

Policing Pregnant Women
Vicki Williams shines a light at commonly accepted compliance strategies

AIMS Campaign Network
Vicky Garner calls out on behalf of all mothers in the UK - a midwife for me and my baby!

Child Protection Guidelines
Samantha Davey asks if they are Good Practice or a case of Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Safeguarding Compliance
Beverley Beech reports on a situation of extreme retaliation against parents who disengage

Perinatal Mental Illness
Angeline Brunel Dickson writes about her experience with postnatal depression and how this led to a group of women making a film about their experiences

Bullying by Court Application
Jo Murphy-Lawless talks about the application for a court-ordered caesarean in Ireland

Together Against Bullying
Lucia Montesinos asks midwives to come together and support each other to change culture

Colchester General Hospital
Lana Bartholomew shares her experience of labour, birth and a complete lack of support

Humanity in Duty?
Zoë Foster discusses her experiences of Section 47 and the 'Duty of Care' in NHS midwifery

The Curate's Egg Service Laura Robinson describes her experience of overzealous health visiting

Book Reviews:

Also in this issue:
GAIN Industry's Trojan Horse fails to enter WHO's policy setting process
Justice for Midwife Becky Reed
Birthrights launch
One to One under attack

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AIMS Journal, Volume 24 No 4, 2012 - Commissioning Care - Building women-centred choice

Can we get a better deal?
Debbie Chippington Derrick and Ruth Weston consider the NHS reorganisation situation

Bigger is not always better!
Sarah Davies and Heather Rawlinson discuss the experience of centralisation of maternity services in Greater Manchester

Salford's 'new from old' service
Alison Richardson introduces Saint Mary's Birth Centre

Blackburn Birth Centre
Suzanne Unsworth and Caroline Broome share a vision for the future

Different parents different needs
Alex Smith looks at meeting diverse needs in an antenatal class

Making choices
Beverley Beech highlights some key issues

Delaying the clampers
Amanda Burleigh explains the call to change NICE guidance on cord clamping

Childbirth as entertainment
Gill Boden asks whether the current trend for televising birth is more appropriately titled birthporn

Pain in labour
Marie J Taylor reports on Nicky Leap's presentation - September 2012, Bristol

Employ more midwives
National Federation of Women's Institutes AGM - September 2012, London

'No alcohol, no risk'
Gill Boden reports on the FASD information for midwives

Book Reviews:

Also in this issue:
Thank you to Sasha
Freedom for Birth report
Birth centre against the odds

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AIMS Journal, Volume 24 No 3, 2012 - Are you asking? considering consent

Consent - a commonly understood concept?
Debbie Chippington Derrick explores the professional and legal position on consent

Who Makes Which Decision?
Gina Lowdon talks about the realities of making birth choices

Beware the Dead Baby Card...
Johanne Dagustun reveals that it is not always played in the baby's best interests

Violence in Venezuela
Elizabeth Prochaska looks at ground-breaking laws protecting the rights of women

Spanish Rights
Of Birth, Spanish Obstetricians, bad jokes and roses by Jesusa Ricoy-Olariaga

Testing Consent
Amanda Dixon asks looks at routine testing and information given

Human Rights in Childbirth
Gill Boden reports on the International Conference of Jurists, Midwives and Obstetricians that took place in the Hague in May/June 2012

A story of three births
Chloe Bayfield shares the story of her journey to empowered motherhood

Twins and lack of consent
Kate Cox describes her experience birthing premature twins

Research:
Andrea Nove reviews

Book Reviews:

Also in this issue:

Conference report: Brazelton Meeting at the Royal Society of Medicine
Conference report: MAMA Conference in Troon
Obituary - Ros Light

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AIMS Journal, Volume 24 No 2, 2012 - Place of Birth - why women don't have a real choice

Turning the Tide?
Beverley Beech, Nadine Edwards and Debbie Chippington Derrick look at birth place choices

Birthplace Study Conference
Holly Lyne gives a personal view of the recent Birthplace Study

Enforcing birth choices
Elizabeth Prochaska asks if women have a legal right to choose where they give birth

Halcyon Days
Kathryn Gutteridge is extending choices for Low Risk Women in Birmingham

Choosing out of hospital birth
Juliet Rayment presents some findings from the Birthplace in England Research Programme

Birth Centre Closures
Beverley Beech highlights some of the issues

Why Birth Centres Fail
Mavis Kirkham, Ruth Deery and Deborah Hughes offer a case study

NHS doulas
Adela Stockton looks at the issues around doulas working within the mainstream services

Professional Indemnity Insurance for Independent Midwives
Helen Dresner Barnes explores the erosion of choice for women and midwives

An Apology to Emily
Lisa Sykes shares her journey to empowered birth

Book Reviews:

DVD Review:

Also in this issue:
Dr Ágnes Geréb - update; Obituary - Elizabeth Key; Sheffield Home Birth Conference report

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AIMS Journal, Volume 24 No 1, 2012 - 'Please treat me normally' Women share their thoughts on care

The emperor has no clothes
Beverley Beech looks at what went wrong with improving maternity care

Saving mothers' lives
Nadine Edwards summarises the Eighth Report analysing Maternal Deaths

The problem with complaining
Louisa shares her reasons for not challenging the poor care she received

Dear BBC
Holly Lyne's letter of complaint to the BBC on their portrayal of human birth

Maternal mortality in the UK
Shane Ridley explores the 'need for obstetric physicians' article in the BMJ

Reflections on birthing
Susannah Sweetman reflects on her experiences

My birth story
Catherine Rennie shares her story of intervention after intervention

I would have just gone quietly...
Holly Lyne shares her birth and complaint story

Birthing identical twins
Robyn Hall shares her journey of pregnancy with identical twins

Book Reviews:

Also in this issue:
Lies, damned lies and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Dr Ágnes Geréb - Hungarian state injustice continues
Letter - Obstetric Failure

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AIMS Journal, Volume 23 No 4, 2011 - 'High Risk' When does a label become a self-fulfilling prophecy?

Editorial - Is the 'high risk' label helpful?
Vicki Williams asks us to question the notion of treating simply on the basis of 'risk'

Undisturbed birth
Sarah Buckley shows us what is stopping birth working

Stop Press
Jo Murphy-Lawless sends news on Ireland's midwifery unit closures

The age of research
Sara Wickham takes a critical look at research knowledge: making space for new and old

Time to put up or shut up?
Rosemary Mander talks about the perceived problem of being pregnant and fat

High risk or unknown quantity?
Sarah Holdway

'Obesing' pregnant women
Ruth Deery asks by whom and for what reasons?

Troubled waters
Sarah Davies looks at the significance of meconium in the amniotic fluid

The birth of Hannah Jane
Amy Mokady shares her planned home breech birth

Are twins always high risk?
Joanne Whistler asks whether they are really a variation on normal

Jemima's long awaited birth
Georgina Lewis tells her story of the labour and birth that seemed never going to happen

Research:
Sara Wickham offers an overview of four recent studies

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AIMS Journal, Volume 23 No 3, 2011 - International Witch Hunt, the campaign against midwifery

Attacks on Midwives, Attacks on Women's Choices
Nadine Edwards, Jo Murphy-Lawless, Mavis Kirkham and Sarah Davies ask whether it is a Human Rights issue

Midwifery and Birth in 2011
Ina May Gaskin takes a look at the situation in the United States

Hungarian State Injustice
Donal Kerry discusses the continued persecution of Dr Agnes Geréb

A Duty of Obedience or a Duty of Care?
Professor of Midwifery Mavis Kirkham looks at who the midwife is serving

German Midwives Appeal
Beverley Beech asks is it time for the future of German midwifery to change course?

Independent Midwifery in Australia
Joy Johnston looks at the situation at end of 2010

Witch-Hunt in France
Françoise Bardes shares news of demonstrations in favour of French midwifery

Moves to Transform Maternity
Mary McNabb and Christina Oudshoorn explain the changing care in the Netherlands

Childbirth Adrift in Ireland
Jo Murphy-Lawless comments on the Irish situation

Insurance Issues and the Future for Independent Midwifery
IMUK's Annie Francis highlights the current position

Research:
Andrea Nove reviews

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AIMS Journal, Volume 23 No 2, 2011 - Challenging the medicalisation of birth

Editorial - The Model Matters
Vicki Williams introduces a journal which challenges the medical model

Challenging the Medicalisation of Birth
Beverley Beech talks about the difficulties in getting consumers' voices heard

The Assessment of Progress
Midwife Rachel Reed asks whether it is time for change in the way we look at stages of labour

Basic Biology
Holly Lyne looks critically at the perception that women are losing the ability to birth

Encouraging Normal to Become the Norm
Protecting the future of a birth centre by Sian Alexander, mother and birth centre campaigner

Expectant Mothers Denied Choice
Claire Rajah campaigns for the Corbar Birth Centre in Derbyshire

What My Scar Means to Me
Emmy Lomas recounts how her two traumatic caesareans still haunt her

Research:
Nadine Edward reviews

Book Reviews:

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AIMS Journal, Volume 23 No 1, 2011 - Normality

Supporting Normality
Vicki Williams introduces a journal which shows how the system can support normality

Normalising Home Birth
Jo Dagustun's personal reflections and a call to action

The Birth of Serenity
Kathryn Gutteridge introduces a midwifery-led birth centre in Birmingham

Midwifery 2020: Delivering Expectations
Cathy Warwick gives the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) response

Midwifery 2020: Quality midwifery care that meets women's needs
Feedback from Miranda Dodwell, BirthChoiceUK

Hypnobirthing
Hypnobirthing antenatal educator Christine Hall shares how she believes birthing experiences can be changed for women and why we need to look at the problem from another direction

Our Bodies, Our Choice
Holly Lyne reports on the Airedale Mums support and campaigns

Elsa Joy
Anne Dew shares the story of her daughter's birth

Dear Doctor
Alexandra Orchard shares how she got a VBA2C (vaginal birth after two caesareans) in the US

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AIMS Journal, Volume 22 No 4, 2010 - Campaigning for 50 years

Editorial - AIMS, help...
Journal Editor Vicki Williams talks about how AIMS really makes a difference

50 years' campaigning
Beverley Beech's introductory speech at the 50th Anniversary Luncheon, 16 October 2010

Happy Birthday to AIMS
Mary Cronk and Mavis Kirkham share memories of AIMS

A message to AIMS
Wendy Savage speaks to members of AIMS, past and present

AIMS 50 years ago
Pamela Fox-Russell remembers Bill Fletcher, Sally Willington and the beginning of AIMS

Tributes to AIMS
Extracted from the Guest Book at the Anniversary Luncheon

In the beginning, the 60s
Johanna Billingsley picks her favourite article from the first decade of AIMS Journals

A second decade of action
Ishbel Kargar looks at AIMS Newsletters from the 70s and highlights the Winter of 1979

A question of choice
Avril Nicoll picks her favourite article from the 80s

Remaining radical
Charlotte Williamson looks at the 90s and the article that she felt most defined AIMS

The past decade
Sara Wickham revisits the first decade of the 21st century, and AIMS is as strong as ever

Memoir
AIMS Leeds group 1976-1979, by Christine Hankinson

Jean Robinson, AIMS President
Introduced by AIMS Chair Beverley Beech

AIMS and ENCA
ENCA's Elisabeth Geisel looks back at a fruitful relationship

Thoughts on the birth of my grand-daughter
Reprinted from 1983 - Sally Willington

AIMS 50th Anniversary Lunch
Report by Shane Ridley

From our Hon President
Jean Robinson

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AIMS Journal, Volume 22 No 3, 2010 - The persecution of woman centred care

Editorial - The battle for control
Gill Boden asks whether we are winning the battle for control over women's bodies

King's 'over-stretched'
Daily Mail article from 13 October 2010 by Sophie Borland

CMACE
Nadine Edwards and Sarah Davies present a summary of their critique of the CMACE Report on the Albany Midwifery Practice

Lies, damned lies and statistics
Beverley Beech explains more about the flawed home vs hospital birth meta-analysis

What The Guardian said
AIMS Chair Beverley Beech considers The Guardian's reporting of home birth

Attacking home birth
Beverley Beech highlights the ignorance of journalists reporting on home birth

Hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy
Margaret Jowitt explains what this is and the clear bias of the audit of Albany outcomes

Southwark Council
The following letter was sent to the management at King's in support of the Albany Practice

Jailed for being a midwife
Donal Kerry looks at the persecution of Hungarian gynaecologist and midwife Dr Agnes Gereb

Obituary
Dr John Stevenson
5 October 1921 - 26 November 2010

Innovative and integrated - 'In the Interest of Families: the Maternity Network Approach'
Gill Boden summarises the report by the National Childbirth Trust (NCT)

What's right with freebirthing?
Jo Dagustun suggests how reflecting on the marginal pursuit of independent birthing can improve maternity services for all

Ignoring Albany Mums
Beverley Beech reports on the continued campaign

Quality care and double standards?
Caroline Kidd shares her experience at King's College Hospital

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AIMS Journal, Volume 22 No 2, 2010 - Caesarean Birth

The Rising Tide
Debbie Chippington Derrick and Vicki Williams introduce some of the common themes and issues in supporting women and improving service

All on the same side
Gina Lowdon explores the concept of choosing a caesarean

Supporting women
Debbie Chippington Derrick explains more about supporting women requesting a caesarean

Increasing normality
Michelle Barnes shares her one woman attempt to reduce the Caesarean rate in Sheffield

Payment by results
Debbie Chippington Derrick asks if funding policy is financing a high caesarean rate

Jeremiah Jacob - a planned repeat caesarean
Nataliya Huxley shares the experience of deciding on a repeat caesarean

Giving birth according to hospital protocol
Deborah Lickfett describes the difficulties in that process

Research:
Debbie Chippington Derrick reviews

Book Reviews:

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AIMS Journal, Volume 22 No 1, 2010 - Is anyone listening?

Editorial - Midwifery - Who cares what women want?
Beverley Beech looks at when 'informed consent' becomes bullying

Reclaiming Birth Rally

Why does the Albany Midwifery Model work?
AIMS Vice Chair Nadine Edwards gives some background

Birth by yourselves...
Maria Newcastle tells her story

VEs - Essential Diagnostic Tool?
Debbie Chippington Derrick looks at the contentious issue of vaginal examinations with specific reference to the NICE Intrapartum Care Guideline

Vaginal examination in labour - what do women say?
Midwife Mary Stewart considers the emotional effects of internal examination

16 years of improvements?
Pat O'Brien takes a critical look at the portrayal of birth

Out of My Depth?
Independent Midwife Virginia Howes looks at the portrayal of birth and midwifery in the media

A public inquest in Ireland
Following his birth at home, a baby died in hospital; report by Jo Murphy-Lawless

Continuity of care?
Caseload midwife from Powys, Anita Timmis, looks at what is important to women

Breech Home Birth of Lilly May Pawlak
Midwife Rose Pride shares her powerful birth experience

Home Birth Bullying
Tabatha Pollock Ellam looks for a way to avoid a repeat of abuse during labour

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AIMS Journal, Volume 21 No 4, 2009 - Good Care

Editorial - Good NHS Midwifery Care
Guest Editor Michelle Barnes looks at some of the best the NHS has to offer

The problems of getting a home birth
'The choice of home birth should be offered to all mothers'. Maternity Matters, Department of Health, 2007
Beverley A Lawrence Beech

Albany Care
Lucy Christopher looks at the impact of holistic care for her VBAC

Common sense for fathers
With the help of John, a recent service user, Phyllis Winters reflects on the midwives' attitude to involving dads-to-be at Montrose Community Maternity Unit.

Onwards and upwards
Pushing the boundaries to promote positive birth in East Lancashire by Sheena Byrom

Water birth in Sheffield
Home births increase when birth pools are offered in Sheffield. Report by Michelle Barnes

Bradford Community Birth Pool Scheme
Ruth Weston talks about the Community Birth Pool Scheme she is piloting in Bradford

Continuity and care
Saumya and Adam Poulter talk about the care they received from the Albany Midwives

Marley's birth story
Adela Stockton

Healing home birth
Laura and Nigel Holmes share their story of support and caseload midwifery care

A positive perspective
Gemma Hopkins shares her experience

Giving birth in Montrose
Erica Edwards shares her experience of care and support

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AIMS Journal, Volume 21 No 3, 2009 - Midwifey under Threat

Midwifery - running down the drain
Beverley Beech looks at the threat to birthing choice in the UK

Clare Fisher - the Welsh witch-hunt
AIMS Chair Beverley Beech reports

Jury of your peers?
Midwifery lecturer Sarah Davies reports on the NMC's case against Deborah Purdue

NCT reveals crucial choice guarantee set to be missed by a mile
NCT Press Office

High-risk home birth
Angela Horn looks at the information available to women

ConfidentWomen Experience Better Childbirth
Carolyn Woodward reports on the independent conference for professionals, that took place on 7 November 2009

Why?
Ameena

A big thank you
Jennifer Mountain shares how she got supportive care for her home birth

Albany Midwives Axed
Update on Albany from the Albany parents group

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AIMS Journal, Volume 21 No 2, 2009; Social Services - The Secrecy of forced adpotion

Editorial - Whose baby?
Jean Robinson explains how and why AIMS supports familes faced with a whole new threat

Changing Shaken Baby Syndrome to Abusive Head Trauma
Jean Robinson considers the politics behind the name

Who is defining child abuse?
Sue Reid speaks out about the secrecy of forcible adoption

Campaigning in Australia
Debbie Slater looks at improving maternity services for women in her new home

Australian midwifery in crisis
Sharon Licqurish looks at the insurance nightmare facing Australian midwives and women

Safeguarding Children Protocols
Beverley Beech highlights just how scary things are getting

Pelvic Girdle Pain (SPD)
Moira Finlayson looks towards early diagnosis, effective treatment and a holistic approach to care for all women affected

Conference Reports

Gone with the Wind
Interpreting media messages about normal childbirth, report by Gill Boden

Born Unequal
The Royal Society of Medicine: Joint meeting between the Forum on Maternity and the Newborn and Obstetrics and Gynaecology Section. 22nd January 2009, report by Gill Boden

Birthing Choices
Lecture at The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, report by Beverley Beech

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Using Social Services as a lever
Second time mum Rosie was threatened for declining health visiting services

A Positive Perspective
Kath Davies shares what difference is made by the attitude of those providing care

Home birth after caesarean
Susan Jackson shares her search for a midwife who believed in her

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AIMS Journal, Volume 21 No 1, 2009; Campaigning, Complaining and Caring

Editorial - So what's your problem?
Alice Charlwood considers why so few women complain about poor maternity care

Complaining about complaints
Maria C - One woman's courageous search for answers

Postnatal care
Ingrid Wall talks about her experience of using the PALS service to complain

Birth space, safe place: environment, people and attitudes to pain during labour
Adela Stockton explores our perception of pain

The power of user pressure
MSLC Chair Michelle Barnes campaigns successfully to reduce the caesarean rate in Sheffield

A story from the north
Alison Philp shares the story of her birth and complaint outcomes

Obituaries
Dr Betty Tylden
Lady Mickelthwaite

Complaints are heard
Journal Editor Vicki Williams reports on some actions taken in response to complaints

Denied a home birth Sara Shah tells her story of staff shortages and lack of choice

What makes a good birth?
Jenny Gaskell shares a story of tragedy, triumph and the value of good support, a story which suggests we question what actually defines a good birth experience

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AIMS Journal, Volume 20 No 4, 2009; Midwifery Focus - Looking at supporting normal birth

Editorial - Believing in Normal
Lee Seekings Norman looks at some of the issues surrounding supportive midwifery

Increasing home birth is vital
Denis Walsh looks at the future of maternity services in the UK

Home Birth: Why take the risk?
Colleen Walk responds

James's home birth
Rolla Khadduri describes a calm and peaceful birth

Making normal birth a reality
Beverley Lawrence Beech looks at the Normal Birth Consensus Statement

The birth of a new baby - Independent Midwives UK
Steering Group member Annie Francis looks at the issue of insurance

My journey to Independent Midwifery
Katie Wainwright shares her path to providing one to one care

Revolutionising maternity care in this country - a guide to how to do it!
Annie Francis & Louise Wilby

Confessions of a campaigner: of Postcards and Primary Care Trusts
Ruth Weston invites you to campaign for better maternity care

The power of BOBB - Elke Heckel looks at screening the Business of Being Born

Conference Reports

Passionate Midwifery: A day to celebrate the life and work of Tricia Anderson 1961-2007
Saturday 14 June, Bournemouth University
Nadine Edwards

Film Review - The business of being born; reviewed by Julie Dawid

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The IMA's Search For Professional Indemnity Insurance

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AIMS Journal, Volume 20 No 3, 2008; Home Birth, in search of normality

Home birth, the normal option
AIMS Vice Chair Nadine Edwards looks at what helps and hinders normal birth

Obituary Sally Willington

Negotiating a Normal Birth
Nadine Edwards discusses some of the negotiations women face when planning a home birth

Home Birth in Holland
Dutch ENCA member Thea van Tuyl dispels some of the myths about why Holland has such a high home birth rate

Home Birth and Normality
Midwife and mother of two Sarah Davies reflects

Sheffield Home Birth Conference 2008
Michelle Barnes

Changing the Way the Wind Blows
Presentation by Ruth Weston

Safe Births: Everybody's Business
Nadine Edwards

AIMS AGM Report
Catherine Williams

An Impossible Dream?
Melanie Hughes describes her journey to a home birth after four caesarean sections

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AIMS Journal, Volume 20 No 2, 2008; Birth in Europe - Is there unity in the EU?

Editorial - Looking at European Care
Beverley Lawrence Beech highlights the similarities and differences in maternity care across Europe

AIMS in Ireland
Anne Matthews and Jene Kelly look at the challenges for maternity services in Ireland

Maternity care in Luxembourg
Maryse Arendt gives an overview of the situation for mothers in her country

The Hungarian state of affairs of non-institutionalised birth
Ágnes Geréb highlights the difficulties faced by women and their birth attendants

Maternity care in Portugal
Mary Zwart offers a brief overview of maternity services available to Portuguese women

The perinatal situation in Italy
Piera Maghella looks at Italy's maternity statistics

German Birth Centres
Elisabeth Geisel says Germany is leading the way

The Spanish Situation
Andrea Anguera & Angela Müller look at the medical attitude to birth in Spain and efforts to support midwifery and normal birth

The Netherlands
Childbirth educator Thea van Tuyl highlights the highs and lows of maternity care in Holland

Bosnia & Hercegovina
Adisa Hotic describes medicalised and expensive maternity care

Childbirth in Poland
Anna Otffinowska says things are starting to improve for Polish women and their midwives

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Emergency Caesarean - Joanne Wassell describes the birth of her fourth baby

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AIMS Journal, Volume 20 No 1, 2008; The Value of Mothering - Are mothers let down when Culture can't care?

Editorial - Culture Clash
Gina Lowdon explores the implications of cultural perspectives on mothering

Birth of Mutual Understanding and Respect
Tamara Parnay looks at cultivating an empathic environment for the sharing of our birth stories

PTSD After Birth
Midwife Kate Simpson looks at PTSD as a result of oppression

Child Protection
Last August Jean Robinson wrote the following letter to the Department of Health explaining the views of AIMS

Breast is Best
Emily Cox wonders why policies conflicts?

Lies, Damned Lies and Obstetric Opinion
Beverley Lawrence Beech comments on The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists(ACOG) press release about home births

Women as Obstetric Fashion Victims
Jane Wright highlights her paper delivered to the Northern Ireland NCT AGM and conference, 13th October 2007, Belfast

Choosing Midwifery Only Care
Caroline Cordery's quest to get the care she wanted

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Michelle's Story

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AIMS Journal, Volume 19 No 4, 2007/2008; Rhetoric and Reality - How do they compare on the ground?

Editorial - Defining and recording normal birth
AIMS Chair Beverley Lawrence Beech looks for a more accurate definition of normality

Making normal birth a reality
National Childbirth Trust press release 15th November 2007

How to ask the wrong question to get the 'right' answer
Debbie Chippington Derrick questions the Healthcare Commission's Review of Maternity Services 2007

Informed consent
A consent form for women who intend 'delivering' in hospital
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The journey to hospital
Independent Midwife Bridget Sheeran explores the experiences of women travelling long distances from home to hospital in labour

The state of the NHS
Letter to Gordon Brown from AIMS Chair Beverley Beech about the poor state of the Maternity Services, which was also signed by The Independent Midwives Association and Professor Wendy Savage

The Department of Health responded on behalf of Mr Brown...

When normality is forgotten
Independent Midwife Lynn Walcott reflects on what led her to practice outside the NHS system

More cuts?
Gillian Crossley tells of yet another maternity unit threatened with cuts

Birth in Poole
Sandra Ryder describes her experience in a sadly all too frequent story of unheard trauma

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'Lack of Caring in the Care' reported by CEMACH; Royal Colleges call for more staff on maternity wards; More feedback for Journal 19 No 1, Birth Trauma

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AIMS Journal, Volume 19 No 3, 2007; Where is the Support? Just how medicalised, institutionalised and fragmented are maternity services?

Where is the support?
AIMS Journal Editor Vicki Williams wonders how much support women are actually getting and whether it is meeting their needs or those of the professionals involved

Thoughts of hurting the baby
Jean Robinson explores the ultimate taboo

Birth rate drops when obstetricians leave town
Extract from BMJ written by Roger Dobson

The New World Health Organisation Growth Charts The answer to all our problems with weighing breastfed babies?
Magda Sachs discusses the value of the new WHO Growth Charts

'It is illegal to give birth at home without a midwife.' NO it is NOT
Beverley Lawrence Beech comments on the misinformation about the rights of women and midwives attending a home birth.

Sure Start, a template for empowerment?
AIMS Chair Beverley Lawrence Beech comments on two recent reports

Natural birth after caesarean
Debbie Chippington Derrick describes the reaction of midwives to her VBAC presentation

Recorded Delivery
A national survey of women's experience of maternity care. Reviewed by Michelle Barnes

Intrapartum Care Guideline
Gill Boden reports on the Educational Launch Meeting of the NICE Guideline Intrapartum Care: Care of healthy women and their babies during childbirth

Home Birth in the News
Michelle Barnes shares how women in Sheffield are supporting themselves and each other

Born in private and in peace
Natasha Hawkes shares the story of her unassisted birth in the Canary Islands

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AIMS Journal, Volume 19 No 2, 2007; Listen with Mother - Considering our options for the future of maternity care

Listen With Mother
Beverley Lawrence Beech and Sally Willington discuss how things have changed in almost 50 years of campaigning

Radical Patient Groups
Charlotte Williamson explores the emancipation of patients

A Difficult Choice
Caroline Hollins Martin explores difficulties that midwives face with providing choice and control to childbearing women

Between Agency and Structure
Julie Trottier talks about how difficult it can be for women to challenge the maternity services

UNICEF and Formula Milk Advertising
NCT, Save the Children and UNICEF campaign to encourage our Government to take effective action against the formula milk companies who are exploiting loopholes in the law to advertise their products

Montrose Maternity Unit
Jo Murphy Lawless visited on of the most women centred facilities in Scotland

Normal Birth in Ireland
Declane Devane challenges us to embrace change and to make birth normal

Stella's Birth
Debra Flynn describes how her midwife's precipitnt action in unnecessarily cutting the the baby's cord resulted in an avoidable transfer into hospital

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Notes to the Milkman

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AIMS Journal, Volume 19 No 1, 2007; Birth Trauma - What makes birth traumatic and how can we help?

Editorial
Guest Editors Michelle Barnes and Sarah Stenson introduce this issue and explain their reasons for editing this edition

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Jean Robinson asks,'Where do we go from here?'

Aftershocks
Debbie Chippington Derrick shares the emotional repercussions of the birth of her niece

PTSD after childbirth
Michelle Barnes

My Healing Home Birth After Caesarean
Michelle Barnes talks about her emotionally healing second birth

Traumatised Midwives
Mavis Kirkham discusses why mothers are not the only casualties of the system

Disappointed?
Sarah Stenson tells us why 'disappointment' trivialises the impact of traumatic birth

Battle for Birth
Ros Light reviews the recent Radio 4 broadcast

Support Organisations
Sources of information and support for birth trauma and PTSD

NHS Community Midwifery Model
Brenda van der Kooy describes the journey to implementation and the threat to independent midwifery

Unsupported?
The impact of a disempowering birth

Wounded Mothers
Benig Mauger discusses emotional healing after a traumatic childbirth experience

Healing PTSD
Caroline Spear guides us through the healing potential of homoeopathy

Facing Birth Again
Catherine Williams supports mothers having a baby after trauma

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Stop Press; Aftershocks; 'Battle for Birth' - reviewed by Ros Light; Recovering from a Traumatic Birth

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AIMS Journal, Volume 18 No 4, 2006; Consultation Conundrums

Looking forward
Vicki Williams and Beverley Beech review the highs and lows of 2006

Consultation Conundrums
Gina Lowdon explores the customer consultation process for the VBAC Guidelines

All Wales Clinical Pathway for Normal Labour
What are the experiences of midwives, doctors and mothers? Gill Bowden reviews the research

Another sham consultation
Beverley Lawrence Beech looks at Safer Childbirth: Minimum Standards for Service Provision and Care in Labour

The UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative
BFI's Sarah Vincent gives a brief overview

But we can't afford it
The NCT have produced a concise guide to the real costs of going 'Baby Friendly'

The transparent NHS
Nadine Edwards guides us through the new 'easy to negotiate' NHS

Maternity units under threat
As our birth centre issue hit the press, this was reported by the BBC

Too Posh to Push
Beverley Beech challenged the Daily Telegraph to print the truth about elective caesarean sections

The beginning of the end?
Newly qualified midwife Kelly Ferris shares her thoughts about her future in the profession

My Home Birth After Caesarean
Daisy Dinwoodie shares Zain Isaac's passage through her into the world

Glasgow isn't normal
Jayne Heron describes the problems that women experience trying to arrange a home birth in Glasgow

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CERES closes; Bleeding after ultrasound; In the beginning; "Agenda for change?"; Letters

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AIMS Journal, Volume 18 No 3, 2006; Free-standing and Proud

Editorial
Avril Nicoll express her renewed hope for the Birth Centre movement

Seeing the opportunities
Three years on from the publication of her book 'Birth Centres: A Social Model for Maternity Care' AIMS asked Mavis Kirkham what she would do differently with the book if she were putting it together now...

AIMS comment on free-standing birth centres

On the campaign trail
Free-standing birth centres seem reliant on campaigns, both to start them up and to keep them going. AIMS talks to a number of activists to find out what drives them and, most importantly, what works.

Around the UK and Ireland
Report of the current situation with birth centre in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Holding up a mirror: the impact of user involvement
While user involvement is enshrined in government policy across the UK, its patchy practice reflects the anxiety many professionals feel about the process. But here Phyllis Winters, midwifery team leader at Montrose Community Maternity Unit, explains how real user involvement can be a transforming experience for midwives, women and birth centres.

Everything I'd hoped for
In spite of a difficult first birth, Caroline Rosen chose to have her second son at Aboyne Community Maternity Unit. She explained why at a seminar organised by the Save Aboyne Maternity campaign.

Birthing Utopia
The past 18 months have been difficult for many free-standing birth centres and their supporters. In spite of this Avril Nicoll sees signs that a free-standing birth centre Utopia is within our grasp - and that it will make a real difference.

Focusing In
Looking at free-standing birth centres around the UK; Brent, Caerphilly, Dover, Lichfield, Perth, Powys and Chorley

Research:
AIMS asks Denis Walsh what papers he considers are essential reading for people who want to be informed about free-standing birth centres.

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Sticking with Aboyne...

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AIMS Journal, Volume 18 No 2, 2006; Breastfeeding - Supporting Success

Breastfeeding
Beverley Beech reviews the uphill battle to breastfeed in a modern society

Nestlé
reporting on their exit from the Perrier Award for Comedy, and their involvement with Body shop

Are You Overfeeding Your Baby?
Jean Walker questions whether our society undermines women's ability to breastfeed by promoting early weaning, additional feeding with artificial milk and over emphasises weight.

MORI Survey on Breastfeeding
Some results of the National Childbirth Trust commissioned survey of the views of new mothers and pregnant women in the UK about infant formula advertising.

At the end of the Production Line
Fiona Dykes questions the ability of the hospital system to support breastfeeding and motherhood.

Codex Alimentarius
Maryse Lehners-Arendt has been battling for many years as a lay-member and consumer representative to challenge the power of industry and other vested interests to strengthen the regulations regarding infant feeding products such as baby milk composition and marketing.

What "they" say about breastfeeding
Suzanna Nock shares some priceless breastfeeding comments...

Breastfeeding mums NOT "Lovin' It"
McDonald's gets the Booby Prize, the NCT award for the least friendly place in Britain to breastfeed.

Conference Reports

Making Breastfeeding a Reality; March 20th 2006 at the Royal College of Physicians
Patricia Wise, NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor reports

Breastfeeding Beginning and Beyond; Lactation Consultants of Great Britain Conference, March 25th 2006 at the University of Manchester
Patricia Wise, NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor reports

Tribute to Jean Robinson
Gill Boden pays tribute to Jean Robinson, on her retirement as AIMS Research Officer

I Breastfed my Adopted Baby
Adoptive parent Sarah Lee describes her wonderful breastfeeding experience

Tongue Tied
Gill Vines talks about the difficulties of breastfeeding a baby with tongue tie

Breastfeeding Twins
Sarah Elliott contrasts feeding her first two babies with breastfeeding twins

Parlimentary News
A round-up of maternity issues in Westminster. Extracted from Hansard

Baby Milk Action
Baby Milk Action reports on local and global breastfeeding issues

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AIMS Journal, Volume 18 No 1, 2006; Homebirth - why is it still hard labour?

Why are we still struggling over home birth?
Nadine Edwards challenges us to think about why it is still so difficult for women to choose to give birth at home.

What is happening in AIMS
A review of what AIMS has been doing over the last few months.

At Last - An NMC Home Birth Circular
Beverley Beech recounts the long consumer battle to ensure that a woman in labour at home could expect a midwife to attend her when called.

In Brief
Shane Ridley looks at home birth in the press.

Woman with woman - A Doula's story.
Caroline Spear describes her journey to her vocation as a Birth Doula.

Making it Real, Making it Better.
Earlier this year the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts covering Greater Manchester, East Cheshire and High Peak issued a very glossy document inviting comments on their proposals for centralising maternity services under the guise of improving care. AIMS Chair Beverley Beech responds.

Resources - further sources of homebirth support and information.

Do you qualify for a hospital birth?
Despite the evidence that a fit and healthy woman giving birth at home is no less safe than those who are delivered in hospital, the staff still persist in giving women who want a home birth a long list of risks and reasons for persuading them into hospital. Laura Abbott, practicing independent midwife, has produced a list that all women wanting a hospital birth should be asked to consider before they agree to the booking.

Aelwyn's Birth Story.
Kerris Casey-St.Pierre shares her three very different birth experiences.

Home water birth against advice.
Sarah Ockwell-Smith, mum to three, Classical Homeopath and HypnoBirthing practitioner, describes her home water birth following two emergency hospital births.

Excuses, Excuses.
We asked women to tell us why booking a home birth was challenging, here are some of the reasons given to women...

Allowed a homebirth?
Jo-Anne Berry describes her very quick home births.

Home birth: a new concept?
Shane Ridley reports on the excellent 6th Chichester Home Birth conference in Bristol on 25th March 2006.

Questionable Home Birth Interventions
One of the problems that we face by encouraging more home births is the lack of understanding by many hospital-based midwives of the risk of interventions.

Also in this issue:

Letters; Breech Birth; More than a Game?

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AIMS Journal, Volume 17 No 4, 2005; Choice - an abused concept

Choice - an abused concept that is past its sell-by date
Beverley Beech considers how the public is deceived into believing that choice exists when in reality choice is an illusion

Booking a Home Water Birth in Glasgow
Jayne Howell wanted a water birth at home but found that a huge number of hurdles were placed in her way.

You have the right to refuse to see a health visitor
Jo Broughton describes how she gave birth without problems to her 10lb 8oz baby in Glasgow. She saw no reason to see a health visitor but was then reported to Social Services

Experiences of third stage.
Jill compares the differences between a managed third stage and a normal one.

Waterbirth - changing attitudes
Avril Nicoll, Kirstin Hoggins and Phyllis Winters reflect on the process of change undergone by the midwives at Montrose community maternity unit where waterbirth is now more than a choice.

Report your own adverse effects.
Jean Robinson reports on the extension of the yellow card scheme www.yellowcard.gov.uk for reporting adverse affects of drugs, to allow patients as well as doctors to report these problems.

Just a role play?
Alice Charlwood volunteered to play the mother in a workshop on whether women are allowed to exercise informed choice, and learned first hand how difficult it can be.

Why high episiotomy rates are considered acceptable and even desirable.
Jane Wright explains why midwives, despite the evidence, continue to carry out routine episiotomies.

Assertiveness - fine in theory, difficult in practice
Earlier this year one of our Committee members, Shane Ridley, circulated some thoughts on being assertive and compiled a guide to help people think through the issues. It encouraged a flurry of debate, from which the following thoughts emerged:

Ten years after a stillbirth - how good care can make all the difference.
Shane Ridley describes her experience of the stillbirth of Katie Eva and how during those times the kindness and compassion of midwives and doctors made such a difference. She and her husband had all the support from professionals that she could have wished for, even though it was at a time of great sadness.

Blood money for what? The continuing saga
In the AIMS Journal (Vol 16, No 4), Professor Naomi Pfeffer, a sociologist and historian who researches and writes about human tissue collection and stem cell research and therapy, explained why unregulated private blood banks threaten to exploit pregnant women. George Macridis, Managing Director of Future Health Technologies responds.

Research:
Debbie Chippington Derrick reviews

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AIMS Journal, Volume 17 No 3, 2005; Do Women Want Midwives or Obstetric Nurses? The AIMS conference poses the question

Do women want midwives or obstetric nurses?
AIMS chair Beverley Beech reflects on the success of the Birmingham Conference.

Do women want midwives or obstetric nurses?
AIMS Vice Chair Nadine Edwards offers extracts based on her talk which embraced the whole theme of the joint conference between AIMS and the Association of Radical Midwives that took place on 1 October, 2005 in Birmingham.

Liberating childbirth
Ruth Sharples Weston gave a rousing speech at the Birmingham conference that had everyone on their feet and clapping by the end. We print the text in full here, as her views from a mother's perspective embody much of what AIMS campaigns for on a daily basis.

OMOM and IMA CMM: Two Acronyms for Radical Change
Founder of the One Mother, One Midwife OMOM Campaign (OMOM) Laura Abbott explains the thinking behind the movement, and outlines the Independent Midwives Association's new Community Midwifery Model (IMA CMM), putting mothers back at the centre of care

Women Helping Women Prisoners
Diana Parkinson, chair of the trustees of Birth Companions, informs AIMS members about the charity that provides practical and emotional support to women who face giving birth while in prison.

A Labour of Love?
Lee Seekings-Norman reports back on A Labour of Love? Emotion Work and Reproduction Conference on 15 /16 September 2005 at the University of Huddersfield.

NICE Guidelines and Appraisals How we can make a difference
Debbie Chippington Derrick reports on how we can make a difference to the guidelines and appraisals from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

We're Having a Baby
Vicki Bevan reflects on a beautiful peaceful birth completely at odds with her hospital trauma.

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

Book Reviews:

Also in this issue:

Baby Milk Action Boycott; Nestle the winner of the Public Eye Award 2005; Child neglect re-classified as child abuse; Midwives Supply Ordes; Epilepsy medication.

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AIMS Journal, Volume 17 No 2, 2005; Help us to save our Birthing Units!

Help us to save our Birthing Units!
Tina Bolton calls for action in an ongoing campaign to save two Petersfield sites.

Ethics Watch
Jean Robinson reports on the difficult ethical area of "consent" and "informed choice", and calls for an update on the Charter for Ethical Research in Maternity Care.

Who is in control?
AIMS member Vicki Bevan takes a personal and philosophical look at a vital question that will affect every woman during her pregnancy and birth.

Those first six hours
Suzanna Nock outlines why the first few hours of a home birth can never be compared to the hospital experience.

Term Breech Trial follow up
Debbie Chippington Derrick comments on the results of the 2 year follow ups from the Inertnational Randomized Term Breech Trial.

Pick up a Pink Kit
AIMS member Alice Charlwood reviews a video birthing kit for parents and midwives now becoming popular in New Zealand.

Clean but too clinical
AIMS Chair Beverley Beech awards only 2 out of 10 to one of the largest private maternity hospitals in Greece, when invited on a recent ENCA trip.

Delivering a baby under curfew in Palestine
Dr Salwa Al-Katib, an obs/gyn, who lives in Ramallah in the West Bank, never dreamed that she would one day be delivering babies by telephone, but that is exactly what she found herself doing one early morning during the height of an Israeli incursion.

Promoting public participation: MSLC Workshops
AIMS Honarary Vice Chair Nadine Edwards reports back on an enlightening workshop exploring the role of MSLCs throughout the UK.

Preterm birth: a medical miracle with an emotional cost
Gill Boden reports back on the share of information around Pre-term birth at the Presidential meeting of the Royal Society of Medicine on May 16th.

Keeping Birth Normal
Alice Charlwood reports back on the Midwifery Art of Being with Women in Labour, given at Kings College on June 30th.

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

Book Reviews:

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I Want To Do It My Way

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AIMS Journal, Volume 17 No 1, 2005; Hands off that breech!

Hands off that breech!
Independent Midwife Mary Cronk MBE makes a plea for more research, and suggests ways to help women birth their breech babies normally.

Normal Breech Birth in Hospital
Su Hall Jones retells the birth of Nathan Lions Butcher, born by planned caesarean cection in August 2004 in Colchester General Hospital, which she remembers as a positive experience all round

Planned Breech by Caesarean
Assisted by Independent Midwife Mary Cronk, Rachael Wheatley recounts her personal journey to birth her breech baby normally - in hospital.

Emergency Breech by Caesarean
Louisa Jones describes the difficulties encountered in hospital on discovery by the midwife during labour that "it's a breech!".

Why Mothers Die
Jean Robinson concludes her review of the latest Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths for 2000-2002

The Politics of Childbirth
AIMS Chair Beverley Beech deplores the waste of time and energy spent in responding to 'consultation' requests from quangos, which then fail to act upon what the users want.

Ultrasound
In the last issue, AIMS Chair Beverley Beech reported on ultrasound advertising. We report back on the response of the Advertising Standards Authority.

AIMS Letters
The article "Health Visitors or Health Police" produced a rash of letters in defence of health visitors that we published in our previous journal. As the debate continues in our postbag, we offer space here to those who have other views.

The National Service Framework
AIMS Vice Chair Nadine Edwards reports back on the debate surrounding the government's National Service Framework launched in September 2004.

Midwifery Units
Jean Robinson shows how a recent report on outcomes in midwifery units and birth centres highlights important questions about the future of women-centred care.

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

Book Reviews:

Also in this issue:
What is WHO thinking? The following advert appeared in a midwifery magazine; Papa causes small babies; Parliamentary Questions; Superbugs kill mum 11 weeks after birth.

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AIMS Journal, Volume 16 No 4, 2005; Why are more mothers dying?

Why are more mothers dying?
Jean Robinson examines the latest Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Death in the UK, and suggests that levels of substandard care are contributing to the rising death toll.

Blood money for what?
Professor Naomi Pfeffer explains why the unregulated private blood banks threaten to exploit pregnant women

Clamping the umbilical cord
Professor Peter Dunn of Bristol University Medical School argues that, when collecting umbilical blood for banking, it is important to consider the interests of the infant. After all, harvesting 100 ml of blood from a newborn is equivalent to taking 2.5 pints from an adult

Who says ultrasound is safe?
In light of the growing trend for making keepsake videos and DVDs of babies in utero, AIMS Chair Beverley Beech examines the worrying evidence concerning the safety of prolonged ultrasound with modern high-powered equipment

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

Book Reviews:

Also in this issue:

Still a sore subject - AIMS Chair Beverley Beech was invited to speak in France in May about how the Association has fought a long (and ultimately successful) campaign to ban episiotomy as a routine procedure in the UK; Hurrah for the NHS; The birth of my water baby.

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AIMS Journal, Volume 16 No 3, 2004; Health Visitors or Health Police?

Health Visitors or Health Police?
Jean Robinson reports on how health visiting is increasingly being dominated by surveillance, not support, with all mothers being assessed for risk of child abuse at the first meeting

The truth behind the NICE guidelines on caesarean section
Debbie Chippington Derrick, an AIMS member who was part of the Guideline Development Group, offers insight into the strengths and weaknesses behind this controversial document

What the papers said
Suzanna Nock looks at how all the major national newspapers reported the NICE Caesarean Guidelines on the 28 April 2004

A brave breech birth
Claudia described the normal breech birth of her daughter

Overdue and over the moon
Miranda describes going into labour at just over 42 weeks

I did it my way
AIMS' Editor Emma Mahony was invited to give a talk at the Royal College of Medicine for the forum "Normal Birth in the 21st Century", chaired by Dr Wendy Savage. Here's her perspective, as a mother, on the subject, with illustrations by The Times cartoonist Jonathan Pugh

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

Book Reviews:

Also in this issue:
Medicalised birth in France: Bonjour, Entente Cordiale; European Network of Childbirth Associations (ENCA) meeting 2004; How AIMS spent its lottery money; Keeping MUM: Reflections on a campaign to save a maternity unit

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AIMS Journal, Summer 2004, Volume 16 No 2; NICE guidelines for caesarean section

NICE Guidelines for caesarean section
Beverley Lawrence Beech reports on the caesarean section guidelines for parents, birth supporters and those who work in the maternity services, produced by the National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health

Fetal rights hypocrisy in the US

Ending Secrecy in the UK
Jean Robinson comments on the impications of two landmark court decisions on cases of Munchausen syndrome by proxy

21st-century midwifery: NHS community midwifery models
Annie Francis and Brenda van der Kooy report on a new model of midwifery care, fully supported by AIMS, from the Independent Midwife Association (IMA)

My baby...I want him back!
Women who have had a caesrean section are often separated from their babies, An AIMS member recalls the pain and heartache of that experience.

Checklist for a hospital birth
On the UK Midwifery e-group, there had been a discussion about checklists for home birth. Independent Midwife Laura Abbott (www.homebirth.net) has come up with one for hospital births

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

Book Reviews:

Also in this issue:
Practing midwifery in the 21st century; Choice and home birth; Midwives (RCM) conference

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AIMS Journal, Spring 2004, Volume 16 No 1; Is it murder to refuse a caesarean?

Is it murder to refuse a caesarean?

It's hospital policy...
The language of birth can be very disempowering for women, perhaps no more so, argues Alice Charwood, than when a practitioner utters this devastating phrase.

Meet the committee

What women think of midwives
Suzanna Nock reviews an eye-opening e-discussion about women's relationships with midwives.

Consultation, consultation, consultation: a cynical view
Elizabeth Key wonders whether consultation between officialdom and consumer groups is a meaningful exercise or a waste of time.

Independent midwives: a luxury for the elite or a necessity for all?
AIMS member Caron Bradshaw argues the case for more independent midwives suggesting that they are a valuable commodity in a maternity service increasingly unable to provide normal births.

The honorary contract: Chronology of events

Changing Childbirth and maternity services in Scotland
Marisa Lincoln has just completed a study based on in-depth interviews with healthcare practitioners in two Scottish maternity hospitals distinguished by size and midwifery systems. The article highlights some of the findings

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

Book Reviews:

Also in this issue:
Profiting from childbirth?; Stick to your guns; Acknowledging a good experience; The case of Beatrice carla;

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AIMS Journal, Winter 2003/2004, Volume 15 No 4; The politics of cot death

The politics of cot death

Breech birth: A midwifery approach
AIMS Chair Beverley Lawrence Beech reports from a meeting of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), 19 January 2004, which focused on the midwifery approach to breech birth.

The war on group B strep
Midwife Sara Wickham provides the background and explores the options open to women diagnosed with bacterial diseases that pose potential risks to their babies.

Whoops!
Jean robinson draws attention to the risks pregnant women run when seen in Accident and Emergency departments by junior doctors whose confidence conceals their ignorance of obstetrics and gynaecology.

Things are changing...
AIMS has been at the forefront of campaigning to improve maternity care for the last 43 years and, for those who've been involved a long time it is sometimes useful to look back at what care was like many years ago, and see just how many changes have resulted from constant consumer pressure. Jane Wright considers the changes that have taken place in Northern Ireland.

...But things are also the same

Did yours have marmite on?
What's it like to be a volunteer and a Mum? Suzanna Nock enlightens us.

Community maternity unit sets the standard
Avril Nicholl discusses the Scottish Executive's contraversial strategy to increase the number of community maternity units, which has recieved a boost with news of a remarkable turnround of an existing unit.

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

Book Reviews:

Also in this issue:
Through a glass darkly (into the light); Vitamin K; the view from Down Under; Looking for help; "Am I Allowed?" - new AIMS book says 'Yes, you are'; and Irish Supreme Court highlights need for reform in maternity care

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AIMS Journal, Autumn 2003, Volume 15 No 3; Challenging the illusion of choice

Challenging the illusion of choice
While many trusts pay lip service to the idea of choice, in reality, most women have no choice at all in the kind of mternity care they receive. Beverley Lawrence Beech reviews Choice in Matenity services, the Nith Report Session 2003-03, volume 1, House of Commons Health Commitee - a document that may help change things.

An interview with Marsden Wagner
Eva Labusova, of the Czech birth group, Aperio, interviews Dr Marsden Wagner, author of Pursuing the Birth Machine and an outspoken opponent of medicalised birth.

The choice is yours - or is it?
How do current definitions of choice fit with women's ethics and ways of decision-making? Nadine Edwards examines the current retoric of 'choice'.

Breast is best - But not at work

Impressions of Japan
Beverely Lawrence Beech reports from the 6th World Conference of Perinatal Medicine in Osaka, Japan.

Vitamin K in Lincoln: consumer choice or no voice?
Vicki Bevan reports on the consumer response to a change in vitamin K protocols in Lincoln County Hospital

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

Book Reviews:

Also in this issue:
Will the ever learn?; Still hoping for a homebirth; More choice please

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AIMS Journal, Summer 2003, Volume 15 No 2; Premature babies: Avoidable deaths

Premature babies: Avoidable deaths
The latest CESDI report has some very revealing things to teach us all about the care of premature babies, AIMS Research Officer Jean Robinson reports.

Ultrasound Risks; A Reminder

Confidence and confidentiality
What does confidentiality mean? Collen Walker explores the issue from her own experience of the maternity services.

House of Commons Health Committee Enquiry into Choice in Childbirth: AIMS' submission
Ten years on from the last House of Commons Enquiry into childbirth (the Winterton Report), the MPs are once again investigating maternity care. Beverley Beech provides an update on the AIMS submission.

Maternity statistics: A mayday call

Building for a better birth

Inequalities in pregnancy and childbirth

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

Book Reviews:

Also in this issue:
An AIMS connection; Chewing the fat; A happy experience; 'High-risk' birth at home: IMA stats show it's safer; Creating a better environment for new mothers

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AIMS Journal, Spring 2003, Volume 15 No 1; Shaken baby syndrome: Caused by hospital care

Shaken baby syndrome: Caused by hospital care - Disturbing evidence of harm to premature babies at the hands of doctors and nurses.

The trauma of being born
Alice Charlwood, with some input from michel Odent at the primal health research Centre, review the evidence for long-term effects of birth trauma.

The effects of child-protection investigations on maternity care
Beverley beech examines the knock-on effects of the Climbie enquiry on maternity care.

Register our babies
Becky Tong explains the impetus behind her campaign to have all babies born between 18 and 24 weeks legally registered.

Health records and data protection: A review.
As Beverley Beech explains, access to your own health records is still a difficult and sometimes expensive business

Making headway in Wales
AIMS Committee member Suzanna Nock reviews the topics covered, and the ideas exchanged during our recent and enjoyable meeting in Wales.

House of Commons Select Committee on Health: Inquiry into provision of maternity services
AIMS responds to the UK Parlimentary Health Committe investigation into the current state of the maternity services.

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

Also in this issue:
Naming and shaming: is this constructive?; Too many midwives still don't 'do' water births; Encouragement on the Web; New health initiative for maternity services; Good reasons for using a birth ball...; ...And also, when not to use the ball.

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AIMS Journal, Winter 2002/2003, Volume 14 No 4; Failure in expectations: it's all your fault!

Failure in expectations: It's all your fault!
A recent notice posted on a website suggests women are their own worst enemies.

Post-traumatic stress disorder: AIMS' voice at the RCOG
Recent evidence shows that suicide was the largest cause of maternal death in the first year after childbirth

Through a glass darkly
A mother writes about the traumatic birth of her son, eight years later.

The challenge of change in Wales
Welsh midwives are determined to bring about radical changes.

Home birth: a realistic possibility
Report of joint meeting at Royal Society of Medicine, November 2002

Medical litigation in maternity care
Report of meeting in Stirling, November 2002

Nursing and Midwifery Council
Report of meeting in Glasgow, November 2002

National Service Framework Maternity Module
Report of open forum event in Leeds, January 2003

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

Book Reviews:

Also in this issue:
Concern over Social Services' behaviour; Home birth hostilities; What's a midwife worth?; Should parents go back to school?.

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AIMS Journal, Autumn 2002, Volume 14 No 3; Money running out for convenience caesareans

Money running out for convenience caesareans - Leading British health insurer says it will no longer pay for caesareans

The uses and abuses of research on support - Who decides what is support in pregnancy

The midwife you have called knows you are waiting...

Ectopic pregnancy: A personal account

Ectopic pregnancy: The Facts

Perspectives on normal birth

Cochrane Collaboration Pregnancy and Childbirth Group - 10th Anniversary Meeting, November 2002

Share with care! - People's views on consent and confidentiality

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

Reviews of
"Reading Birth and Death: A History of Obstetric Thinking", and "A Life's Work: On becoming a Mother".

Also in this issue:
A troublemaker who got her waterbirth; Your support was such a help; Born in the back of an ambulance. Scots to consider breastfeeding bill; UN Committee urges ban of breastmilk substitute promos.

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AIMS Journal, Summer 2002, Volume 14 No 2; State-sanctioned kidnapping: Violation of a baby's human rights

State-Sanctioned Kidnapping - Violation of a baby's human rights

Birthing a baby by the breech at home - Midwives lack of experience and skill in breech birth is letting women down and endangering them and their babies

A knee-jerk response to medicalised birth - The role of primitive reflexes during pregnancy and birth

How to get a water birth - A little light relief for those whose bureaucratic stamina is running out

Infant formulas harbour harmful bacteria - The death of a five-day-old boy raises questions about breastmilk substitutes

In memory of Alice Stewart - Epidemiologist who showed that X-rays in pregnancy caused childhood leukaemia

Coronor's inquiry into a breech delivery

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

Reviews of
"Birth by Design: Pregnancy, Maternity Care, and Midwifery in North America and Europe" and "Birth Stories".

Also in this issue:
I did it! A VBAC water birth at home; Lone birth - not just lucky; Assisting at my own caesarean; Vasa previa: do you know what it is?; Lottery funding update.

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AIMS Journal, Spring 2002, Volume 14 No 1; Caesarean section or vaginal birth - What difference does it make?

Caesarean Section or Vaginal Birth - what difference does it make?

VBAC - On Whose Terms?

Natural VBAC in Ireland - a real miracle birth in Northern Ireland

Maternal Deaths - AIMS review of the Confidential Enquiry

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

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AIMS Journal, Winter 2001/2002, Volume 13 No 4; What is normal birth? Time to stop confusing what is common with what is normal

What is normal birth? - Time to stop confusing what is common with what is normal

"Normal" Birth - Read the research and weep
New research shows that only a quarter of women in the UK truely have a normal birth. AIMS Research Officer Jean Robinson reports on the study's findings.

Getting a normal birth - Whose failure to progress
Janette McCabe wanted a normal birth. But her story reveals the idea that hospital is the 'best' place to give birth is still irrationally strong among both midwives and consultants. Beverley Beech provides commentary to put the story in context.

Naomi Wolf's "Misconceptions" - Is it relevant to the UK?
Misconceptions - Naomi Wolf's expose on US childbirth practices - was received with unusual positivity by the UK press. Why did it take a rich and beautiful - if somewhat confused - media personality writing about birth practices in a foreign country to get the message across in the UK? Anne Mccabe reports

Supporting women after birth - Experience of postnatal illness support in Cumbria
In many areas of the country women with Postnatal Illness are left to struggle alone, and manage as best they can, but in the North West, the charity Postnatal Illness Support (Cumbria) provides a unique support service.

Domestic violence in pregnancy
Midwife Sally Price shines a light on a surprisingly common, but little talked about phenomenon

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

Reviews of
"Supportive Care and Midwifery", Misconceptions - True lies and the unexpected on the journey to motherhood", and "And then there was jasmine"

Also in this issue:
"Who's on duty"; Blind Prejudice; National Normal Birth Symposium; The Rising Caesarean Rate 2002; Maternal Deaths; Successful home birth despite 'low' iron count

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AIMS Journal, Autumn 2001, Volume 13 No 3; Misoprostol for induction of labour - Untested, Unapproved and Unnecessary

Misoprostol for induction of labour - Untested, Unapproved and Unnecessary

Jessica Evans's experience of participating in the Oxford trial of misoprostol.

Misoprostol - letters in The Lancet

Health Warning - Misoprostol (Cytotec). Manufacturer says drug should not be used to induce labour.

Lone Birth - Ethical Dilemmas - Jean Robinson discusses AIMS' approach when women plan unassisted birth.

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

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AIMS Journal, Summer 2001, Volume 13 No 2; What Happens When a Woman Needs a Caesarean?

Vitamin K - An Alternative Perspective Midwife Sara Wickham provides a much-needed update on vitamin K prophylaxis.

What happens when a woman needs a caesarean? Two recent research papers suggest that women who need caesarean sections often fail to get them quickly enough. AIMS research officer Jean Robinson comments on a disturbing trend.

Emergency Sections - How Fast? How long does it take to do an emergency caesarean?

Failing to Meet the Standard - Comment on the Bradford audit, which looked at the interval between the decision to carry out a caesarean and the opereation taking place.

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

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AIMS Journal, Spring 2001, Volume 13 No 1; Supporting the Mother - Where are the midwife advocates?

Supporting the Mother - where are the midwife advocates? Beverley Beech highlights recent cases where women have not received the support they needed from midwives.

Water Birth Mother Accused of Illegal Birth and Child Neglect - Yasmin Sumpter writes about her experience after a planned, unassisted birth.

Mother as Midwife Midwife Ann attended her daughter Heidi's labour and birth - here, both women write about their experience.

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

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AIMS Journal, Winter 2000/2001, Volume 12 No 4; Under-motivated, Under-skilled and Under Threat

Diabetic Birth Without the Drip - Elaine Lawson, an insulin-dependent diabetic, describes her home birth.

Under-motivated, Under-skilled and Under Threat - When midwifery skills are in decline, the quality and safety of women's experience of birth is also under threat. AIMS' Chair Beverley Beech argues that proposals for a new Nursing and Midwifery Council can only cause the deterioration of an increasingly deskilled and undermotivated profession.

Defining Midwifery Practice - Should the midwifery profession be split into "obstetric nurses" and "midwives"?

Blood Money - first private UK Cord Blood Bank opens.

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

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AIMS Journal, Autumn 2000, Volume 12 No 3; A Nail in the Coffin for Home Birth

Hospital-Acquired Infections - Turning Birth into an Illness, by Pat Thomas

A Nail in the Coffin for Home Birth - New UKCC guidelines fail to support mothers and midwives, by Beverley Beech

HIV Testing and AIDS - universal testing for pregnant women? By Beverley Beech

Group B Streptococcus and Pregnancy - by Jane Plum of the Group B Strep Support Group

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

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AIMS Journal, Summer 2000, Volume 12 No 2; Waterbirth - Time to Move forward

Waterbirth - Time to Move Forward by Beverley Beech

Posterior Babies - What mothers can do! by Rosie Denmark

Irish midwife Ann Kelly wins Supreme Court victory against Nursing Board by Marie O'Connor

They Showed Us The Money! - Julie Cook explains how she obtained a grant for Lancaster Home Birth Support Group.

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

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AIMS Journal, Spring 2000, Vol 12 No 1; Responding To Women's Needs

Unassisted Childbirth by Laura Kaplan Shanley

Reinstating Women's Time in Childbirth - Dr Jo Murphy-Lawless describes the experience of childbirth in Ireland, and ways of improving it.

A Way Forward for Midwives - AIMS' Chair Beverley Lawrence Beech argues that it is time midwives started speaking up for themselves, for their profession and for the women in their care.

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

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AIMS Journal, Winter 1999/2000, Vol 11 No 4; The Safety of Hospital Birth - The myth versus the reality

The Safety of Hospital Birth - The myth versus the reality

Over-Medicated and Under-informed:
What are the consequences for birthing women? It is not necessary to remind readers of the circumstances which empower a women to give birth sucessfully. Birthing in her own surroundings, attended by people she knows and loves, having confidence in her ability to birth the baby and having confidence in a skilled practitioner who will be responsive to her needs and supportive of her decisions.

Ethical Research

Bad Habits - a poor basis for medical policy
In this article, Marsden Wagner, formerly the Regional Officer for Women's and Children's Health at the European Regional Office of the World Health Organization, looks at the origins of and continuing problems caused by the widening gap between maternity practice based on sound evidence and practice which is based on peer approval.

Ultrasound - weighing the propaganda against the facts.
Beverley Lawrence Beech's critical review of ultrasound research. Full-length occasional paper available here; an abridged version was published in the AIMS Journal.

Ultrasound - More powerful, more dangerous, more unethical.
When Professor Stuart Campbell says he is worried about the way ultrasound is being used on Jean Robinson, a veteran member of research ethics committees, describes some recent studies on ultrasound exposure, and asks what the ethical costs are.

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

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AIMS Journal, Autumn 1999, Vol 11 No 3; Where's the Good News?

Choosing Alternatives - Pat Thomas discusses how to use alternative and complementary therapies in pregnancy

Managing the Third Stage - Jean Robinson summarises the pitfalls and problems of research into third stage management

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

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AIMS Journal, Summer 1999, Vol 11 No 2; The Witch Hunt

The Trial of Caroline Flint - report on the trial of a UK independent midwife

The Witch Hunt - International persecution of quality midwifery

The Ann Kelly Case - Midwifery in Ireland, and the independent midwife attacked by the establishment.

Trial by Newspaper - Pat Thomas looks at recent articles attacking campaigners for natural birth.

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

Other articles in this Journal: Birth choices under threat in France; review of CESDI report into stillbirths and deaths in infancy; homebirth in Scotland attended by a midwife who was not licensed to practise in the UK; maternal deaths in Ghana; epidurals and fever; breastfeeding - using lay counsellors; maternity services in Surrey; health service ombudsman; European Network of Childbirth Associations conference; submission to House of Commons Select Committee on maternity procedures; midwifery in Australia; the Bounty pregnancy book; and more.

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AIMS Journal, Spring 1999, Vol 11 No 1; Midwifery - Will Higher Level Equal Lower Skill?

MIDWIFERY - Will Higher Level Equal Lower Skill?

The Death of Midwifery?
It may be closer than we think.

Independent Professionals - But for how much longer?

Bringing Birth Back Into The Community.

History pf the Edware Birth Centre.

MSLCs - Where Are They Going Now?

Mothers Unite Against Unit's Closure.

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

Other articles in this Journal: Midwifery - will higher level equal lower skill?; Independent Professionals - but for how much longer?; Another 'revolutionary' scanner?; Bringing birth back into the community; History of the Edgware Birth Centre; MSLCs - where are they going now?; and more.

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AIMS Journal, Winter 1998/99, Vol 10 No 4; Miscarriage - The Loss of A Baby

Miscarriage - The Loss of a Baby

Precious Babies, Not uterine Contents

Mater Over Matter - Inspired by the work of Michel Odent, on birth and bonding

What's On The Menu? - With tongue firmly in cheek, AIMS takes a look at the menu mentality of modern maternity care and the myth of 'choice'

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

Other articles in this Journal: What causes miscarriage?; Precious babies, not uterine contents; A 'typical' miscarriage; Tatler tales; Natural breech birth; Maternal deaths - thrombosis the main killer; Conference reports: 'Redefining normal childbirth', and 'Keeping Birth Normal'

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AIMS Journal, Autumn 1998, Vol 10 No 3; Breech Presentation

Breech Presentation - caesarean operation versus normal birth

Keep Your Hands off the Breech - midwife Mary Cronk MBE explains how breech babies can be born vaginally

Turning Point for the Breech - turning a breech baby

Why are Some Babies Breech?

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

Other articles in this Journal: Natural, active breech birth; Delivering the Mother - a re-creative response to emotional trauma in childbirth; Health Service Ombudsman; Caring for women after major abdominal surgery; Breech birth stories; A good ventouse birth; AIMS in New Zealand.

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AIMS Journal, Summer 1998, Vol 10 No 2; Active Management of Labour

Active Management of Labour - The Irish Way of Birth

Trust Guilty of abuse of power

The Essential Midwife - The Irish Way of Birth

Common Criticisms of Active Management

Potential Dangers of Oxytocin

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

Other articles in this Journal: Meeting and getting to know midwives - women's views; Team midwifery; Shackled prisoner wins compensation; NHS Trust guilty of abuse of power in forced caesarean case; Review of CESDI report on stillbirths and infant deaths; Conference report: Caesarean Sections - Whose Failure to Progress?.

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AIMS Journal, Spring 1998, Vol 10 No 1; Is Labour Just a Pain?

Is Labour Just a Pain? - attitudes to pain, and to pain relief, in labour.

Epidurals - Dead from the waist down?

Pethidine - A little shot of something not so nice.

Research:
Jean Robinson reviews

Other articles in this Journal: Odent in the light of the Alexander Technique; Mothers opposed to maternity unit shutdowns; Don't stereotype journalists (or midwives); MIDIRS conference.

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AIMS Journal, Autumn 1997, Vol 9 No 3; Maternity Madness

Folic Acid - everyone knows that taking this supplement can reduce the risk of having a baby with neural tube defects, but Jean Robinson's review of the research uncovers some surprising possibilities about the way it works.

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