AIMS Position Papers

AIMS is pleased to announce the publication of the first of our new position papers.

Over the years, AIMS has developed a reputation for taking a position on a wide range of maternity service improvement related issues. By developing a set of position papers we aim to provide clear, accessible and up-to-date statements of these issues, what AIMS believes needs to change, what campaigning AIMS is doing and what others can do to help bring about change.

These position papers are intended to provide our own Volunteers with guidance to draw on when they represent AIMS in their public-facing activities, and to enable AIMS to communicate our views to policy makers and other stakeholders in a way that ultimately contributes to an improvement in the maternity services. We hope that they will also be of value for other campaigning organisations and individual birth activists to use in their own local or national campaigning.

Our first batch of position papers includes the following topics:

Further topics are planned.

Please take the time to read these position papers and share them with your own networks. If you have any comments on the content, or suggestions for other topics you would like AIMS to consider, please email

Use of AIMS copyright material: all the text, charts and images included in AIMS publications are copyright AIMS unless otherwise indicated. Under UK law, you are permitted to use short extracts from AIMS publications without needing to seek the explicit permission of AIMS, as long as you give the title of the work being quoted, stating AIMS as the author (©AIMS), and provided your use is reasonable and fair. We would be very pleased for you to quote a sentence or two, but if you want to quote a longer extract please contact to explain why you want to quote more and to seek permission.

We ask anyone who quotes from AIMS publications to include the following text:

Extracts from {Title} are ©AIMS. The book is available from AIMS is a charity
which works towards better births for all by campaigning and information sharing, protecting human
rights in childbirth and helping maternity service users to know their rights, whatever birth they
want, and wherever they want it. See

We hope that this page is of interest, especially to our colleagues in the maternity services improvement community.

The AIMS Campaigns Team relies on Volunteers to carry out its work. If you would like to collaborate with us, are looking for further information about our work, or would like to join our team, please email

Please consider supporting us by becoming an AIMS member or making a donation. We are a small charity that accepts no commercial sponsorship, in order to preserve our reputation for providing impartial, evidence-based information. You can make donations at Peoples Fundraising. To become an AIMS member or join our mailing list see Join AIMS

AIMS supports all maternity service users to navigate the system as it exists, and campaigns for a system which truly meets the needs of all.

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