Search the journal articles


Choose a journal by date and volume:

Browse all journal articles

Journal Vol. 18, No. 1 — Homebirth - why is it still hard labour?

ISSN 0256-5004 (Print)

Why are we still struggling over home birth?
Nadine Edwards challenges us to think about why it is still so difficult for women to choose to give birth at home.

What is happening in AIMS
A review of what AIMS has been doing over the last few months.

At Last - An NMC Home Birth Circular
Beverley Beech recounts the long consumer battle to ensure that a woman in labour at home could expect a midwife to attend her when called.

In Brief
Shane Ridley looks at home birth in the press.

Woman with woman - A Doula's story.
Caroline Spear describes her journey to her vocation as a Birth Doula.

Making it Real, Making it Better.
Earlier this year the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts covering Greater Manchester, East Cheshire and High Peak issued a very glossy document inviting comments on their proposals for centralising maternity services under the guise of improving care. AIMS Chair Beverley Beech responds.

Resources - further sources of homebirth support and information

Do you qualify for a hospital birth?
Despite the evidence that a fit and healthy woman giving birth at home is no less safe than those who are delivered in hospital, the staff still persist in giving women who want a home birth a long list of risks and reasons for persuading them into hospital. Laura Abbott, practicing independent midwife, has produced a list that all women wanting a hospital birth should be asked to consider before they agree to the booking.

Aelwyn's Birth Story.
Kerris Casey-St.Pierre shares her three very different birth experiences.

Home water birth against advice
Sarah Ockwell-Smith, mum to three, Classical Homeopath and HypnoBirthing practitioner, describes her home water birth following two emergency hospital births.

Excuses, Excuses.
We asked women to tell us why booking a home birth was challenging, here are some of the reasons given to women...

Allowed a homebirth?
Jo-Anne Berry describes her very quick home births.

Home birth: a new concept?
Shane Ridley reports on the excellent 6th Chichester Home Birth conference in Bristol on 25th March 2006.

Questionable Home Birth Interventions
One of the problems that we face by encouraging more home births is the lack of understanding by many hospital-based midwives of the risk of interventions.

Also in this issue:

Letters; Breech Birth; More than a Game?

Book Reviews:

Latest Content

Journal

« »

Resolution – Moving forward from a…

To read or download this Journal in a magazine format on ISSUU, please click here AIMS Journal, 2019, Vol 31, No 3 By Emma Ashworth For years, AIMS produced a small book…

Read more

The AIMS Guide to Resolution: A new…

To read or download this Journal in a magazine format on ISSUU, please click here AIMS Journal, 2019, Vol 31, No 3 By Shane Ridley I’m very pleased to introduce a book, T…

Read more

Failures in Maternity System Regula…

To read or download this Journal in a magazine format on ISSUU, please click here AIMS Journal, 2019, Vol 31, No 3 By Beth Whitehead After a difficult birth, it is natura…

Read more

Events

« »

Midlands Maternity & Midwifery Fest…

The festival runs from 8am to 5pm on 23rd April 2020 and includes expert speakers, an exhibition, seminars and an awards ceremony. Speakers include: Mary Renfrew FRSE (Pr…

Read more

Perinatal Mental Health Maternity S…

8.30am - 5pm Study day, including networking breaks and lunch, with sessions on the following topics: Bipolar support in pregnancy and planning for the postnatal period M…

Read more

AIMS Volunteers Meeting

Details TBC

Read more

Latest Campaigns

« »

AIMS Response to NMC Consultation o…

AIMS is currently finalising our response to this consultation, which closes on 16 October 2019. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) plays a key role in the ongoing q…

Read more

AIMS Submission to the UN Special R…

Call for submissions: Mistreatment and violence against women during reproductive health care with a focus on childbirth The mandate of the United Nations Special Rapport…

Read more

The Future Midwife Project: An AIMS…

AIMS submitted our response to this consultation on 7 May 2019. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) plays a key role in the ongoing quality assurance and regulation o…

Read more