Refocussing our attention on Better Births: The poetry of scrutinising policy implementation

ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 32, No 4

To read or download this Journal in a magazine format on ISSUU, please click here

By the AIMS Campaigns Team

The AIMS Campaigns Team has previously promoted the Better Births vision1 as a key tool for birth activists in England. In this article, we encourage our readers to re-engage with the vision in preparation for a conversation to mark the fifth anniversary of the Maternity Transformation Programme.

Published in February 2016 as the culmination of the National Maternity Review report,2 the Better Births vision underpins the ongoing Maternity Transformation Programme in England alongside 28 specific recommendations.

Our vision for maternity services across England is for them
to become
safer,
more personalised,
kinder,
professional and
more family friendly;

where every woman
has access to
information to enable her to make decisions about her care;

and where she and her baby
can access
support that is centred around their individual needs and circumstances.

And for all staff
to be supported to
deliver care which is women centred,
working in high-performing teams,

in organisations
which are well led and

in cultures
which promote
innovation,
continuous learning, and
break down organisational and professional boundaries.

February 2021 marks the fifth anniversary of the Better Births report. This anniversary offers a useful opportunity, as a time to take stock and a time for us to reflect together both on what has been achieved since 2016 and on what remains undone. Over the next few months, AIMS will be asking you to join us in these reflections as the #BetterBirths5YearsOn conversation commences. Whether you are someone who is using or has recently used the maternity services, a supporter of service users, or someone who works in the maternity services, we’d encourage you to keep this “poem” close at hand over the next few weeks and months and to use it to reflect on the maternity services as you experience them. In what ways do your experiences align with this vision? In what ways do they diverge?

Please then follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to join the conversation, which we’ll be launching in the New Year. We look forward to seeing you there! And if you can’t wait to have your say, please feel free to email us now with your reflections, via betterbirthsfiveyearson@aims.org.uk.


1 “Better Births Basics #1: The Better Births vision | AIMS.” 1 August 2018, www.aims.org.uk/journal/item/better-births-vision (Accessed 23 October 2020).

2 “Better Births – NHS England.” www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/national-maternity-review-report.pdf (Accessed 23 October 2020).


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.

The AIMS Journal spearheads discussions about change and development in the maternity services. From the beginning of 2018, the journal has been published online and is freely available to anyone with an interest in pregnancy and birth issues. Membership of AIMS continues to support and fund our ability to create the online journal, as well as supporting our other work, including campaigning and our Helpline. To contact the editors, please email: editor@aims.org.uk

Latest Content

Journal

« »

What has the AIMS Campaigns Team be…

AIMS Journal, 2021, Vol 33, No 3 To read or download this Journal in a magazine format on ISSUU, please click here Covid-19: We have continued to be involved in the But N…

Read more

Birth Activists Briefing: Why it’s…

AIMS Journal, 2021, Vol 33, No 3 To read or download this Journal in a magazine format on ISSUU, please click here By the AIMS Campaigns Team Maternity Voices Partnership…

Read more

AIMS Commentary: the OASI care bund…

AIMS Journal, 2021, Vol 33, No 3 To read or download this Journal in a magazine format on ISSUU, please click here by the AIMS Campaigns Team The prospect of sustaining p…

Read more

Events

« »

AIMS 60th Anniversary Event - Confe…

POSTPONED FROM JUNE 2020 Making a difference past and future The purpose of the day is to celebrate what Birth Activists in general and AIMS in particular have achieved,…

Read more

Latest Campaigns

« »

NICE Inducing Labour Guideline - Co…

AIMS has prepared comments on the draft NICE Guideline for Inducing Labour You can read our comments here The details of the consultation on the draft guidelines can be f…

Read more

Submission to the Health and Social…

As part of its non-inquiry work, the Health and Social Care Select Committee have established a panel to conduct an evaluation of the Government's commitments in the area…

Read more

Report on the But Not Maternity/Nat…

AIMS and our partners in the But Not Maternity Alliance and National Maternity Voices organised a webinar for MVP/MSLC representatives. The purpose was to raise awareness…

Read more