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Journal Vol. 34, No. 1 — Induction: love's labours lost?

ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

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Salli reflects on the sadness and anger she feels on hearing the birth stories of her daughter and her daughter’s friends, and introduces the articles for the March issue of the AIMS journal

Birth Information page: Induction of labour
Nadia Higson presents updated information for parents about induction of labour and the decisions that are theirs to make

Lydia’s Story: Something’s Wrong
Lydia relates her experience of severe mental ill-health during pregnancy, the varying quality of care she received and how she got back to strength after birth

Sarah and Jackson’s Story
Sarah tells us about her experience of induction - some good, some bad - and reflects on some post-birth struggles

Reflections on current trends in maternity care: a stream of consciousness
Joy Horner, retired midwife and doula, considers the changes in maternity care that she has witnessed over the last four decades

Birth poetry from the pandemic
Danielle Gilmour introduces birth poems from the pandemic

Sophia, Phronesis and Stultitia
Alex Smith explores the the disparity between women’s preferences and the rising number of inductions

Volunteering on the AIMS helpline
AIMS is looking to recruit more volunteers for the helpline; Katherine Revell and Alex Smith explain more

Introducing Raham Project
Faiza Rehman, midwife and mother, introduces us to her truly inspiring grassroots organisation that offers support to families from diverse ethnic backgrounds

Interview with Sarah Fishburn
Jo Dagustun interviews Sarah Fishburn, maternity improvement campaigner and chair of the NICE Multiple Obstetric Guidelines Update Guideline Committee

Sharing (maternity research) is Caring (maternity research): reflections on a public engagement event and why we need more of this
Georgia Clancy observes the widespread willingness for women to share their birth stories reflecting on what this means and why it is so valuable

The new NICE guideline Inducing labour: what has changed?
The AIMS Campaigns team brings us up to date with the NICE guidelines on induction of labour

Birth Time: the documentary - a review
Anne Glover reviews the much acclaimed Australian documentary ‘Birth Time’, that questions why an increasing number of people are being left traumatised after giving birth, and what can be done about that

My experience of trying to find out how Continuity of Carer implementation is going locally: Like getting blood from a stone
Sarah Hawkins writes about her wild goose chase for information that should have been readily available

March With Midwives: reflections from a student midwife
As a future midwife, Megan Disley describes what it meant to her to have an opportunity to take action with her colleagues and to have their voices heard

Racial inequalities in maternity outcomes: what are the causes?
The AIMS Campaigns team report on research into racial inequalities in maternity care welcoming the recognition that issues of institutional racism, unconscious bias and lack of individualised, culturally competent care need to be acknowledged and addressed throughout the maternity services

Better Births Six Years On: the implementation programme continues
The AIMS Campaigns team reflects on why the successful implementation of Better Births across England - to deliver personal, safe and equitable maternity services - is more important than ever

Book reviews
Gail Werkmeister reviews three books on induction of labour

What has the AIMS Campaigns Team been up to?
What have the AIMS Campaigns Team been working on since December? – all the information here

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