Search the journal articles

Choose a journal by date and volume:

Browse all journal articles

Journal Vol. 15, No. 3 — Challenging the illusion of choice

AIMS Journal Vol 15 No 3

Challenging the illusion of choice
While many trusts pay lip service to the idea of choice, in reality, most women have no choice at all in the kind of mternity care they receive. Beverley Lawrence Beech reviews Choice in Matenity services, the Nith Report Session 2003-03, volume 1, House of Commons Health Commitee - a document that may help change things.

An interview with Marsden Wagner
Eva Labusova, of the Czech birth group, Aperio, interviews Dr Marsden Wagner, author of Pursuing the Birth Machine and an outspoken opponent of medicalised birth.

The choice is yours - or is it?
How do current definitions of choice fit with women's ethics and ways of decision-making? Nadine Edwards examines the current retoric of 'choice'.

Breast is best - But not at work

Impressions of Japan
Beverely Lawrence Beech reports from the 6th World Conference of Perinatal Medicine in Osaka, Japan.

Vitamin K in Lincoln: consumer choice or no voice?
Vicki Bevan reports on the consumer response to a change in vitamin K protocols in Lincoln County Hospital

Jean Robinson reviews

Book Reviews:

Also in this issue:
Will the ever learn?; Still hoping for a homebirth; More choice please

Latest Content


« »

Making Decisions

AIMS Journal, 2017, Vol 29 No 3 A huge welcome to readers old and new! The AIMS Journal, the backbone of our work for nearly 60 years, is now entirely available online, t…

Read more

Monitoring babies during labour: wh…

AIMS Journal, 2017, Vol 29 No 3 Jo Dagustun reports on the INFANT trial study day in October 2017 This national (central Birmingham based) free-to-attend study day on the…

Read more

What AIMS did for me: Ann Roberts

AIMS Journal, 2017, Vol 29 No 3 Ann Roberts shares her story of how AIMS helped her back in 1983 I first contacted AIMS 34 years ago (1983), when I was pregnant with my s…

Read more


« »

MBRRACE-UK ‘Saving Lives, Improving…

To register your interest please email or keep an eye on our website . Earlybird bookings will open…

Read more

Midwifery Today Conference “Birthin…

17–21 October 2018 Further Details

Read more


AIMS AGM 2018 All members welcome! Please email if you plan to attend to help us to judge numbers, or if you wish to send apologies 10 for 10.30 sta…

Read more

Latest Campaigns

« »

Dr. Ágnes Geréb, Hungarian Midwife…

Dr. Ágnes Geréb is a Hungarian obstetrician and midwife who has been under house arrest following her support for women outside of the obstetric system. March 2018: ENCA…

Read more

"Promoting professionalism, reformi…

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

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 going to do that this…

Read more