Campaigns

AIMS has campaigned for improvements to the maternity services in the UK since 1960. We run national campaigns, support local people with their campaigns and support individual women, birthing people and families via our helpline. AIMS responds to multiple NICE guideline consultations, and has been instrumental in changing both guidance and language to better support women and babies through their maternity journey.

AIMS works towards better births for all by campaigning and information sharing, protecting human rights in childbirth and helping women to know their rights, whatever birth they want, and wherever they want it.

Implementing Better Births: Continuity of Carer

Download PDF Commissioners and providers across England, guided by their MVPs, are working across the country to implement sustainable Continuity of C…   Read more…

Letter to The Guardian in response to their article, "Meghan Markle’s home birth should not blind us to the risks for most women"

Sent 9th May 2019 By email ( guardian.readers@theguardian.com ) Dear Sir, I write in response to the opinion piece by Barbara Ellen entitled “Meghan M…   Read more…

AIMS Response to MBRRACE-UK Report Oct 2018

Download PDF MBRRACE-UK: Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care MBRRACE-UK: Perinatal Mortality Surveillance report for births in 2016 www.npeu.ox.ac.u…   Read more…

Beverley Beech summarises the HIW's report into the case of Clare Fisher and the failings of the LSA

Focussing on the failings of the LSA in the case of Clare Fisher: The Healthcare Inspectorate Wales’ report (2013) Summarised by Beverley Beech In 201…   Read more…

Press Release: Jeremy Hunt announces 2,000 more midwives?

AIMS is delighted that the Government has recognised the importance to the safety of women and babies of the continuity of carer model of midwifery. H…   Read more…

Ágnes Geréb is granted clemency by the Hungarian President

28 th June 2018 "This act of clemency is about more than me. It is an acknowledgement of liberty in giving birth. It is a recognition by the state tha…   Read more…

Dr. Ágnes Geréb, Hungarian Midwife and Obstetrician

Dr. Ágnes Geréb is a Hungarian obstetrician and midwife who has been fighting for her freedom following her house arrest and thret of imprisonment due…   Read more…

"Promoting professionalism, reforming regulation": AIMS' response to a Department of Health consultation Response submitted 23/1/18

AIMS submitted our response to this consultation on the 23 January 2018. A number of regulators, including the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the Prof…   Read more…

A Midwife for Me and My Baby

Join AIMS, NCT, ARM, IMUK, The Birth I Want, Birthrights and others in campaigning for: We want every woman to have a midwife who she can get to know…   Read more…

NICE Guideline Child Maltreatment

It is frustrating when we are unable to help many of the parents who have contacted us about their problems with the current child protection system.…   Read more…

Training of Social Workers

TRAINING OF SOCIAL WORKERS Memorandum from The Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services to the Select Committee for Children, Schools an…   Read more…

Highlight issues with homebirth services in your local press

If you or someone you know has recently had a baby and struggled to get support for a planned homebirth, then please consider raising the profile of t…   Read more…

Independent Midwifery Professional Indemnity Insurance

Understanding the situation Since 2002, Independent Midwives (IMs) have been unable to obtain profession indemnity insurance (PII). The last insurer w…   Read more…

Submission to the Children, Schools and Families Committee on the New Inquiry into Looked after Children

SUMMARY As a UK-wide pressure group covering maternity care with nearly 50 years experience, we are particularly interested in the problems of babies…   Read more…

Celebrating Continuity 2017 - Conference Review

AIMS Journal 2017 Vol 29 No 2 Celebrating Continuity: One Year On Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds, April 8th 2017 Jo Dagustun reports This collaborativ…   Read more…

The backlash against Normal Birth

Beverley Lawrence Beech At an AIMS AGM it is customary for the Chair to give an account of the activities of the Committee during the year. I am not g…   Read more…

Summary of the AIMS Critique

Summary of the AIMS Critique of 'The London Project: A confidential enquiry into a series of term babies born in an unexpectedly poor condition' by th…   Read more…

Birth Place Study vindicates Midwife Units and Homebirth

The NHS could save women from unnecessary damage and cut costs if more women were given a real option of having their baby in a midwife unit or at hom…   Read more…

Justice For Midwife Becky Reed

Understanding the situation Since 2002, Independent Midwives (IMs) have been unable to obtain profession indemnity insurance (PII). The last insurer w…   Read more…

Latest Content

Journal

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Editorial: Everyone’s an individual…

To read or download this Journal in a magazine format on ISSUU, please click here AIMS Journal, 2019, Vol 31, No 2 We’re all different, with different colour eyes that se…

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Diverse, not defective

To read or download this Journal in a magazine format on ISSUU, please click here AIMS Journal, 2019, Vol 31, No 2 By Beth Whitehead The latest MBRRACE report 1 was relea…

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High BMI waterbirth – time for trus…

To read or download this Journal in a magazine format on ISSUU, please click here AIMS Journal, 2019, Vol 31, No 2 By Amber Marshall The Winterton Report 1 in 1992 recomm…

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Events

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Perinatal Mental Health Maternity S…

8.30am - 5pm Study day, including networking breaks and lunch, with sessions on the following topics: Bipolar support in pregnancy and planning for the postnatal period M…

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AIMS Volunteers Meeting

Details TBC

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London Maternity & Midwifery Festiv…

The London Maternity & Midwifery Festival will be returning to the ILEC Conference Centre in Earls Court on Tuesday 21st January 2020. For more information and to registe…

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Latest Campaigns

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Letter to The Guardian in response…

Sent 9th May 2019 By email ( guardian.readers@theguardian.com ) Dear Sir, I write in response to the opinion piece by Barbara Ellen entitled “Meghan Markle’s home birth s…

Read more

AIMS Response to MBRRACE-UK Report…

Download PDF MBRRACE-UK: Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care MBRRACE-UK: Perinatal Mortality Surveillance report for births in 2016 www.npeu.ox.ac.uk/mbrrace-uk/reports…

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Implementing Better Births: Continu…

Download PDF Commissioners and providers across England, guided by their MVPs, are working across the country to implement sustainable Continuity of Carer models of care,…

Read more