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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 17 December 2021, and we will keep it under review as the situation develops. The links were checked at that time…   Read more…

Who’s Who in Pregnancy and Birth?

We’ve listed the people you are likely to meet whilst you are pregnant, giving birth and postnatally. Some are health care professionals specifically…   Read more…

Booking a Homebirth

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

What are my options? Whether you are expecting your first baby, second, third or more, you have the right to choose where you want to give birth. Depe…   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…

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…

Template Letters for requesting support

The following template letters are for those struggling to get their support needs met due to restrictions imposed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemi…   Read more…

Latest Content

Journal

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What has the AIMS campaigns team be…

AIMS Journal, 2021, Vol 33, No 4 By the AIMS Campaigns Team Covid-19: With other members of the But Not Maternity Alliance [1] we wrote to all Trusts and boards that were…

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Aims Editorial December 2021: What…

AIMS Journal, 2021, Vol 33, No 4 Alex Smith The title of the editorial for this issue of the journal is, ‘What just happened?’ I feel a little bit like ‘baby bear’ from G…

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How does BMI influence maternity ca…

AIMS Journal, 2021, Vol 33, No 4 [ All charts are taken from or adapted from the report ] By the AIMS Campaigns Team The National Maternity and Perinatal Audit (NMPA) is…

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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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Latest Campaigns

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AIMS Campaigns Update, December 202…

AIMS supports the Government's ongoing commitment to the implementation of relational care - the Continuity of Carer model of care - in the maternity services across Engl…

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Response to the RCOG Consent Advice…

The draft document can be found here General comments: The comments form is online only and cannot be downloaded. This makes it very difficult for considered responses to…

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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…

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