I am not sure where I first heard of AIMS, I remember it being mentioned in a publication I was reading and I had heard of it before and it inspired me to actually take a proper look at what they did.
As I continued on my journey and more and more I was going against the ‘norm’ – we decided to birth without medical assistance – making informed choices and taking responsibility for my birth, we were shocked by the misinformation being given to us by our midwife. I had a concerning letter from the Trust full of misinformation and scaremongering, I needed help going up against this and someone again mentioned AIMS. We contacted AIMS’ helpline by email, and Beverley Beech quickly replied with not only the recommendation of an immediate response to the Trust, but also the bigger picture – the next steps including contacting the board and the CEO of the Trust. This not only helped me to counter the letter I had received but also lay the foundation of change within that Trust.
I would say everyone involved with birth should know about AIMS, professionals and parents alike. All pregnant women should be given information about the services they offer and the publications available. This is what I love so much about the publications that AIMS offers, so much information but always at the forefront is the mother’s choice. Informed decision making is vital at such a time as pregnancy and labour, and this is what AIMS champions.
Sarah-Jane Currie Sarah is a mama of four and a birthworker
AIMS has helped me in my second and third pregnancies as well as in my breastfeeding journey. They gave me the confidence to challenge what I was being told I was ‘allowed’ in my birth plan.
AIMS offers information, resources and support for any new or existing parent.
Elizabeth is a mum to three, editor and copywriter running her own business
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