What has the AIMS campaigns team been up to this quarter?

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AIMS Journal, 2021, Vol 33, No 4

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Other quarterly updates

By the AIMS Campaigns Team


  • With other members of the But Not Maternity Alliance[1] we wrote to all Trusts and boards that were still limiting partners’ postnatal attendance to one to two hours a day, asking them to publish their plans for lifting remaining restrictions.
  • We updated our ‘Coronavirus and your maternity care[2] web page with the most recent version of the RCOG guidance, the revised rules for Wales and Northern Ireland on visiting in maternity services and the latest research on the impact of Covid-19 on babies.
  • We updated the AIMS Birth Information page ‘Vaccination During Pregnancy[3] to include information on the Covid-19 vaccine.

Other written outputs:

Conferences and meetings attended:

What we have been reading:

What we have been watching:

Thanks to all the AIMS Campaigns volunteers who have made all this work possible. We are very keen to expand our campaigns team work, so please do get in touch with campaigns@aims.org.uk if you’d like to help!

[1] AIMS (2021) We have roadmap for the nation But Not For Maternity. www.aims.org.uk/assets/media/647/press-release-but-not-maternity-march-2021.pdf

[2] AIMS (2021) Coronavirus and your maternity care: www.aims.org.uk/information/item/coronavirus

[3] AIMS (2021) Vaccination During Pregnancy: www.aims.org.uk/information/item/vaccination-during-pregnancy

[4] AIMS (2021) How does BMI influence maternity care and outcomes? A review of NMPA Audit: NHS Maternity Care for Women with a Body Mass Index of 30 kg/m2 or Above. AIMS Journal, Vol 33, No 4 Add www.aims.org.uk/journal/item/bmi-maternity-care

[6] Birthrights (2020) IDECIDE – a new consent tool is on its way. www.birthrights.org.uk/2020/01/30/idecide-a-new-consent-tool-is-on-its-way

[7] AIMS (2021) Birth Activists Briefing: NHS England Equity and Equality initiatives. AIMS Journal, Vol 33, No 4 www.aims.org.uk/journal/item/aims-birth-activists

[8] AIMS comments on the draft guideline (June 21) and review can be found here: www.aims.org.uk/campaigning/item/nice-iol-comments

[9] AIMS Comments submitted to RCOG for the consultation on their Planned Caesarean Birth consent document www.aims.org.uk/campaigning/item/rcog-planned-caesarean-birth

[10] AIMS (2021) March With Midwives - AIMS statement. www.aims.org.uk/campaigning/item/march-with-midwives

[11] MBRRACE-UK Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report UK Perinatal Deaths for Births from January to December 2019 www.npeu.ox.ac.uk/mbrrace-uk/reports#mbrrace-uk-perinatal-mortality-surveillance-report-for-births-in-2019

[12] NHS Maternity Transformation Programme: www.england.nhs.uk/mat-transformation

[13] RCM (2021) Re:Birth project: www.rcm.org.uk/what-is-the-rebirth-project

[15] The Royal Society of Medicine (2021) Live stream: The obstetric anal sphincter injury (OASI) Care Bundle: Reviewing the evidence and exploring impact on clinical practice. (This event has now passed) www.rsm.ac.uk/events/maternity-and-newborn/2021-22/mbq50

[16] The Association of Radical Midwives (2021) Is Normal Birth Radical? Conference. (This event has now passed) www.midwifery.org.uk/event/arm-national-conference-is-normal-birth-radical

[17] HSIB (2021) Intrapartum stillbirth: learning from maternity safety investigations that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic 1 April to 30 June 2020. www.hsib.org.uk/investigations-and-reports/intrapartum-stillbirth-during-covid-19

[18] NPEU (2021) MBRRACE-UK: Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report - UK Perinatal Deaths for Births from January to December 2019. www.npeu.ox.ac.uk/mbrrace-uk/reports#mbrrace-uk-perinatal-mortality-surveillance-report-for-births-in-2019

[19] GOV.UK (2021) NHS Pay Review Body Thirty-Fourth Report 2021. www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-pay-review-body-thirty-fourth-report-2021

[20] NHS England (2021) Delivering Midwifery Continuity of Carer at full scale: Guidance on planning, implementation and monitoring 2021/22. www.england.nhs.uk/publication/delivering-midwifery-continuity-of-carer-at-full-scale-guidance-21-22

[21] Common L. (2021) It doesn’t add up: counting the cost of the midwifery workforce crisis. https://files.constantcontact.com/9bc520cb001/fb926a15-0388-4716-84ca-d072526289e9.pdf

[22] Birth Time video. www.birthtime.world

[23] The Physiology of Birth video. www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaJukSlJFWs

[24] Respectful Maternity Care: Know your rights video. www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUrt3sc4C-o

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