What has the AIMS Campaigns Team been up to this quarter?

ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2022, Vol 34, No 2

By the AIMS Campaigns Team

Written outputs:

Campaigns Team responses to the Ockenden Report Ockenden 2022: if we want to see real change, then transparency and accountability is key, says AIMS and AIMS Campaigns Team comment on the Ockenden Report and next steps

We have sent a letter to Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, re. Continuity of Carer in light of Ockenden Report.

Article by Jo Dagustun in Midwifery Matters, March 2022 Campaigning for physiology-informed maternity services: where shall we start?

Publication of another AIMS Position Paper Racial Inequalities in Maternity Services

Conferences and meetings attended

  • Jo Dagustun attended online sessions organised by the Midwifery and Maternity Festival team, including the weekly Maternity & Midwifery Hour. These sessions are recorded and available online.
  • Jo Dagustun attended regular meetings of:
  • Nadia Higson attended the NMPA’s (National Maternity and Perinatal Audit) Clinical Reference Group meeting
  • Jo Dagustun and Georgia Clancy attended a research seminar hosted by ARC-SL sharing recent findings about the benefits of Continuity of Carer models of midwifery care. This session was recorded and is available online.
  • We met twice with representatives of the Royal College of Midwives, including as part of the Newburn Group, to discuss the implementation of Continuity of Carer.
  • We met twice with representatives of NHS-E to discuss a range of maternity service improvement issues.
  • On International Women’s Day on the 8th of March, Jo attended CAHN (Caribbean and African Health Network) and The Independent events.
  • Monthly meetings with a working group on one Zine Project on consent and obstetric violence. Watch this space!

What else we have been reading:

What we have been watching:

  • Parallel Mothers - a new film touching on birth and early motherhood, from acclaimed director Pedro Almodóvar
  • The BBC series This Is Going to Hurt, based on the book by Adam Kay
  • BBC Two - Yorkshire Midwives on Call

Thanks to all the AIMS campaigns Volunteers who have made 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!


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

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