ButNotMaternity Alliance: Working with other organisations to lobby for partner attendance to be enabled throughout the maternity services
Correspondence with the chair of the Maternity Transformation Programme Board, Sarah-Jane Marsh, requesting a progress report on the barriers and opportunities presented by existing NHS financial policies as we seek to transform maternity care through the introduction of a relational model of midwifery care (Continuity of Carer).
Correspondence with NHS England, where - under the banner of modernising the NHS- we have argued that it’s time to ditch the terminology of ‘shared decision making’, and invited Sir Simon Stephens (CEO) to support us in this campaign.
Correspondence with the Health and Social Care Select Committee on the issue of ‘normal birth’: we argue that the maternity services need to step up to be ‘Better Birth’ compliant and to always offer physiology-informed care, and we have invited Jeremy Hunt MP, current chair of this Committee, to support this agenda. Find our letter here: www.aims.org.uk/campaigning/item/letter-to-jeremy-hunt-normal-birth.
15th International Labour and Birth Research Conference, 2-4 December
NMPA Clinical Reference Group, 3 December
Leeds School of Art online open lecture, 9 December
NPEU Virtual Conference, 10-11 December
London Maternity and Midwifery Festival, 12 January
City Research Seminar on Decision making during labour in midwifery-led units, 18 January
NHS England’s Maternity Transformation Programme’s Stakeholder Council, 21 January
Midwifery Unit Network seminar on decision making in practice, 26 January
All Ireland Maternity & Midwifery Festival, 9 February
Continuity of Carer Implementation: the Oldham Journey, 12 February
Netflix “Pieces of a Woman” - a sensitive Netflix original film featuring a home birth and a neonatal death. UK charity SANDS have created a short video to accompany the film, including a Q&A with the scriptwriter Kata Wéber and lead actor Vanessa Kirby, drawing out how SANDS hopes that this film will help to ‘break the silence’ of the taboo that is baby loss. You can find the SANDS video on their website here: Pieces Of A Woman | Sands - Stillbirth and neonatal death charity1
The film also deals with issues relating to the experiences of Agnes Gereb, and you can read more about Agnes Gereb here: www.aims.org.uk/campaigning/item/agnes-gereb
Thanks to the Campaigns Steering Group - Nadia Higson, Debbie Chippington Derrick, Anne Glover and Jo Dagustun - and the following contributors:
Work around Shared Decision Making, including the NICE guideline: Jo Dagustun and Belinda Brooks
NICE Guideline on Neonatal Infection: Tasha Knights, Rachel Boldero and Anne Glover
NICE Guideline on Caesarean: Tasha Knights, Rachel Boldero and Debbie Chippington Derrick
NICE Guideline on Postnatal Care: Julie Milan, Holly Gresswell and Nadia Higson
‘Black Mothers’ research summary: Hannah King and Dessie Lovelace-Hanson
Position Paper on Freebirthing: Nadia Higson, Jo Dagustun and Gemma McKenzie
MBRRACE report on perinatal mortality in twin births: Shane Ridley
Ockenden Response work: Jo Dagustun and Anna Madeley
Letter to Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) on partners and scans: Emma Ashworth and Nadia Higson
Updates to the webpage ‘Coronavirus and your maternity care’ and AIMS template letters: Nadia Higson
Continuity of Carer Campaign: Jo Dagustun and Naomi Tolsen
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be involved in any AIMS campaigning activities.
AIMS supports all maternity service users to navigate the system as it exists, and campaigns for a system which truly meets the needs of all. AIMS does not give medical advice, but instead we focus on helping women to find the information that they need to make informed decisions about what is right for them, and support them to have their decisions respected by their health care providers. The AIMS Helpline volunteers will be happy to provide further information and support. Please email email@example.com or ring 0300 365 0663.