Birth Information

AIMS has been providing information and support to women and their families since 1960.

Our Pregnancy, Birth and Infant Feeding pages are intended to provide useful information on a variety of topics that we are frequently asked about on our helpline. This information is not intended to replace medical advice, but instead to help women to work out what questions they may wish to ask their health care providers to help them to make their own decisions.

The Birth Information pages are new addition to the AIMS website, so currently we only cover a few topics, but we will be continuously working on adding new information pages to the AIMS website, and if you would like to suggest a topic, or if you are interested in authoring one, please do let us know.

If you would like to speak to one of our helpline volunteers, you can email or call the AIMS helpline (visit our contact page).

Coronavirus and your maternity care

This information was last updated on 18 May 2020, and we will keep it under review as the situation develops. For information about what AIMS is doing…   Read more…

Booking a Home Birth

Your right to a Homebirth The following information applies in normal circumstances. If you are told that your local NHS Trust is not providing suppor…   Read more…

Making decisions about your maternity care

Pregnant women and people frequently need to make decisions about the care they want during their pregnancy, birth and afterwards. This article explai…   Read more…

Choosing your Place of Birth

Place of birth: What are my options? Any woman, whether she is expecting her first baby, second, third or more, has the right to choose where she want…   Read more…

How accurate is my 'due date'?

What is a 'due date'? About 90% of pregnancies will naturally last between 37 and 42 weeks, and this period is referred to as "term pregnancy". It is…   Read more…

Understanding quantitative research evidence

What is quantitative research? There are two main types of research study: quantitative and qualitative (though some studies use a mixture of these me…   Read more…

Monitoring your baby's heartbeat in labour

Why is a baby’s heartbeat monitored? Monitoring a baby’s heartbeat during labour aims to help to assess the baby’s well-being and to see how well she…   Read more…

Might I need a caesarean if my labour is induced?

One concern many people have about having their labour induced is that it might increase their chance of having a caesarean. Reasons for this could be…   Read more…

Vaginal Examinations in Labour

What are Vaginal Exams? During labour, it is normal NHS policy to offer vaginal examinations (VE) - but it is important to know that they are entirely…   Read more…

Caesarean Birth

About Caesarean Birth Caesarean surgery is lifesaving for some mothers and babies, and avoids problems for others. But in many cases it is not clear t…   Read more…

Ways of managing your labour

Many things can affect how a woman experiences the sensations of labour: the kind of surroundings and support she has, whether she is being encouraged…   Read more…

Pregnancy-related Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP)

What is PGP? PGP affects one in five pregnant women to a great or lesser extent. It causes pain in one or all of the pelvic joints and surrounding mus…   Read more…

Post Partum Haemorrhage (PPH)

What is a PPH? PPH is classified as a genital blood loss of above 500ml within the first 24 hours of giving birth. This may come from the uterus, cerv…   Read more…

Freebirth, Unassisted Pregnancy and Unassisted Birth

What are freebirth and unassisted childbirth? There is no specific definition of freebirth, but broadly speaking, a woman freebirths when she intentio…   Read more…

Vaccination During Pregnancy – a tour of some key issues

Vaccination is one of the most controversial and divisive medical issues of our time. People’s views tend to fall into one of three camps: Those who s…   Read more…

Vitamin K and your Newborn Baby

This article replaces the AIMS book, “Vitamin K and the Newborn” and has been fully updated. What is Vitamin K? What we refer to as Vitamin K is an im…   Read more…

Template Letters

The following template letters are for those struggling to get their needs met during the Covid-19 pandemic. They are intended as a guide to support t…   Read more…

Employment Rights and Maternity Benefits

AIMS provides information and support around issue of maternity care, and decisions around pregnancy and birth. Employment Rights and Maternity Benefi…   Read more…

Latest Content

Journal

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The CQC 2019 survey of women’s expe…

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 32, No 2 By Nadia Higson The Care Quality Commission (CQC) maternity care survey was first run in 2007, and has been conducted annually since 2017…

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Incentives for Continuity of Carer…

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 32, No 2 By the AIMS Campaigns Team Trust Boards will now have a strong incentive to make sure that Continuity of Carer is firmly on their agenda,…

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What has the AIMS Campaigns team be…

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 32, No 2 We reviewed the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) 2019 survey of women’s experiences of maternity care. 1 We wrote a letter to the key stak…

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Events

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AIMS 60th Anniversary Event - Confe…

POSTPONED FROM JUNE 2020 Making a difference past and future The purpose of the day is to celebrate what Birth Activists in general and AIMS in particular have achieved,…

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NICE Annual Conference 2020

Registration for the NICE Annual Conference 2020 will open on 22 January 2020. For more details and to register your interest, please visit http://www.niceconference.org.…

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IMUK National Conference 2020

The theme of IMUK's 2020 National Conference 2020 is The Science Behind The Art of Midwifery. Speakers to be announced and tickets will be released soon. Information is a…

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Latest Campaigns

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AIMS' evidence to the Health and So…

AIMS' evidence to the Health and Social Care Select Committee On April 22, the UK Parliament's Health and Social Care Select Committee opened an inquiry ​into the plannin…

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AIMS Comments on RCM Clinical Brief…

AIMS welcomes the recent publication of the RCM Clinical Briefing Sheet: ‘freebirth’ or ‘unassisted childbirth’ during the COVID-19 pandemic ( www.rcm.org.uk/media/3904/f…

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Template Campaigning Letters about…

AIMS has had many enquiries about how to find out about, and seek to influence, local service changes during this period. Here we have included several examples of issues…

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