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Journal Vol. 19, No. 3 — Where is the Support? Just how medicalised, institutionalised and fragmented are maternity services?

ISSN 0256-5004 (Print)

Where is the support?
AIMS Journal Editor Vicki Williams wonders how much support women are actually getting and whether it is meeting their needs or those of the professionals involved

Thoughts of hurting the baby
Jean Robinson explores the ultimate taboo

Birth rate drops when obstetricians leave town
Extract from BMJ written by Roger Dobson

The New World Health Organisation Growth Charts The answer to all our problems with weighing breastfed babies?
Magda Sachs discusses the value of the new WHO Growth Charts

'It is illegal to give birth at home without a midwife.' NO it is NOT
Beverley Lawrence Beech comments on the misinformation about the rights of women and midwives attending a home birth.

Sure Start, a template for empowerment?
AIMS Chair Beverley Lawrence Beech comments on two recent reports

Healthcare Improvements
What have been the benefits of 474 more consultants in obstetrics and gynaecology?

RCOG and VBAC
Their varying view of the risk of uterine rupture in a future pregnancy

Natural birth after caesarean
Debbie Chippington Derrick describes the reaction of midwives to her VBAC presentation

Recorded Delivery
A national survey of women's experience of maternity care. Reviewed by Michelle Barnes

Intrapartum Care Guideline
Gill Boden reports on the Educational Launch Meeting of the NICE Guideline Intrapartum Care: Care of healthy women and their babies during childbirth

Home Birth in the News
Michelle Barnes shares how women in Sheffield are supporting themselves and each other

Born in private and in peace
Natasha Hawkes shares the story of her unassisted birth in the Canary Islands

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Letters
Cascade of Intervention & Praise for 'Birth Trauma'

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