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Journal Vol. 17, No. 3 — Do Women Want Midwives or Obstetric Nurses? The AIMS conference poses the question

Do women want midwives or obstetric nurses?
AIMS chair Beverley Beech reflects on the success of the Birmingham Conference.

Do women want midwives or obstetric nurses?
AIMS Vice Chair Nadine Edwards offers extracts based on her talk which embraced the whole theme of the joint conference between AIMS and the Association of Radical Midwives that took place on 1 October, 2005 in Birmingham.

Liberating childbirth
Ruth Sharples Weston gave a rousing speech at the Birmingham conference that had everyone on their feet and clapping by the end. We print the text in full here, as her views from a mother's perspective embody much of what AIMS campaigns for on a daily basis.

OMOM and IMA CMM: Two Acronyms for Radical Change
Founder of the One Mother, One Midwife OMOM Campaign (OMOM) Laura Abbott explains the thinking behind the movement, and outlines the Independent Midwives Association's new Community Midwifery Model (IMA CMM), putting mothers back at the centre of care

Women Helping Women Prisoners
Diana Parkinson, chair of the trustees of Birth Companions, informs AIMS members about the charity that provides practical and emotional support to women who face giving birth while in prison.

A Labour of Love?
Lee Seekings-Norman reports back on A Labour of Love? Emotion Work and Reproduction Conference on 15 /16 September 2005 at the University of Huddersfield.

NICE Guidelines and Appraisals - How we can make a difference
Debbie Chippington Derrick reports on how we can make a difference to the guidelines and appraisals from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

We're Having a Baby
Vicki Bevan reflects on a beautiful peaceful birth completely at odds with her hospital trauma.

Jean Robinson reviews

Book Reviews:

Also in this issue:

Baby Milk Action Boycott; Nestle the winner of the Public Eye Award 2005; Child neglect re-classified as child abuse; Midwives Supply Ordes; Epilepsy medication.

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