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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 6 April 2022. The links were checked at that time but webpages are sometimes moved. If a link appears to be broke…   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…

Induction of Labour

This page is intended to explain in outline the situations where induction of labour might be offered, what it might involve and what options you have…   Read more…

Booking a Homebirth

Please note that this page is awaiting update Your right to a Homebirth The following information applies in normal circumstances. If you are told tha…   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…

Am I more likely to need a caesarean if my labour is induced?

Please note that this page is awaiting update One concern many people have about having their labour induced is that it might increase their chance of…   Read more…

Vaginal Examinations in Labour

Please note that this page is awaiting update What are Vaginal Exams? During labour, it is normal NHS policy to offer vaginal examinations (VE) - but…   Read more…

Caesarean Birth

Please note that this page is awaiting update About Caesarean Birth Caesarean surgery is lifesaving for some mothers and babies, and avoids problems f…   Read more…

Ways of managing your labour

Please note that this page is awaiting update Many things can affect how a woman experiences the sensations of labour: the kind of surroundings and su…   Read more…

Post Partum Haemorrhage (PPH)

Please note that this page is awaiting update What is a PPH? PPH is classified as a genital blood loss of above 500ml within the first 24 hours of giv…   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

Please note that this page is awaiting update. For the latest information on national guidance please see our webpage Coronavirus and your maternity c…   Read more…

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PTSD after Childbirth

AIMS Journal 2007, Vol 19, No 1 Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) is a set of normal reactions to a traumatic experience. Reactions such as dizziness, feeling faint, elevated b…

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Editorial: The label of ‘high risk’…

AIMS Journal, 2022, Vol 34, No 2 By Alex Smith In 2011, Vicki Williams asked in the AIMS journal editorial , “Is this label of ‘high risk pregnancy’ doing women any favou…

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What has the AIMS Campaigns Team be…

AIMS Journal, 2022, Vol 34, No 2 By the AIMS Campaigns Team Written outputs: Campaigns Team responses to the Ockenden Report Ockenden 2022: if we want to see real change,…

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AIMS statement prepared for the Sta…

In the Stakeholder Council we have a common purpose that focuses on the need for maternity transformation. We do not need to be convinced. Because we know the system is f…

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Ockenden 2022: if we want to see re…

10am on Wednesday March 30, 2022: the final Ockenden Report is published. 12.45pm the same day, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, stands up…

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AIMS Campaigns Team comment on the…

As long standing campaigners for improvements in the maternity services, AIMS deeply regrets the long series of failings that have led to the Ockenden Report and previous…

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