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).

Booking a Home Birth

The decision whether or not to have a home birth rests with the mother, and no-one else. The decision is hers alone. Midwives, GPs or obstetricians ha…   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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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Journal

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Editorial: Everyone’s an individual…

AIMS Journal, 2019, Vol 31, No 2 We’re all different, with different colour eyes that see We’re all the same, we all have a heart that beats We’re all different, with dif…

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Diverse, not defective

AIMS Journal, 2019, Vol 31, No 2 By Beth Whitehead The latest MBRRACE report 1 was released in November 2018. I found it veryx difficult to read as I couldn’t help but th…

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High BMI waterbirth – time for trus…

AIMS Journal, 2019, Vol 31, No 2 By Amber Marshall The Winterton Report 1 in 1992 recommended that all maternity services provide women with the option to labour and/or b…

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Events

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AIMS Volunteers Meeting

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UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative 201…

28 - 29 November 2019, SEC Centre Glasgow Speakers include: Day 1 Dr Chris van Tulleken – Doctor and leading BBC science presenter Robert Boyle – Clinical Reader in Paedi…

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International Maternity Expo

A two day (12 and 13 November) international maternity festival and trade expo from the producers of All4Maternity , The Practising Midwife and Maternity & Midwifery Foru…

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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…

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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,…

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