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The Emotional Weather of Postnatal Life

Vol. 35, No. 4, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2023, Vol 35, No 4 By Alex Smith I often hear new parents saying that they wish they had known what life with a new baby was really like…   Read more…

Just ‘birth’: the phenomenon of birth without a healthcare professional

Vol. 35, No. 4, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2023, Vol 35, No 4 Editor’s note: AIMS is honoured to present Mariamni’s research study in which she interviews 10 women who gave birth…   Read more…

I was nearly one of those induction statistics

Vol. 35, No. 4, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2023, Vol 35, No 4 Editor’s note: While Jo remembers her ‘nearly induction’ experience with fortitude and pragmatism - I love the way th…   Read more…

Perinatal mental health: A preventative approach

Vol. 35, No. 4, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2023, Vol 35, No 4 By Mary Nolan Some Inconvenient Truths Here are some uncomfortable facts that you may well be familiar with: In the U…   Read more…

Putting a spotlight on women’s health

Vol. 35, No. 4, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2023, Vol 35, No 4 By Charlotte Edun In September 2023, AIMS was invited to speak on a panel titled, ‘Health inequalities and different…   Read more…

Postpartum: A short story

Vol. 35, No. 4, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2023, Vol 35, No 4 Editor’s note: This is a fictional account of the state of mind of a mother suffering postnatal illness. As such, it…   Read more…

Maternity services not wanting to listen and gatekeeping the telling of service user experience: a tale from September 2023

Vol. 35, No. 4, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2023, Vol 35, No 4 By Jo Dagustun In 2016 in England, Better Births was published. That report launched a huge programme of work, with g…   Read more…

Birth Activist Briefing - The new NICE guideline on Intrapartum Care: what has changed?

Vol. 35, No. 4, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2023, Vol 35, No 4 By the AIMS Campaigns Team The updated guideline was published on 29 September 2023 and you can read it here . The gu…   Read more…

Three Christmas Wishes

Vol. 35, No. 4, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2023, Vol 35, No 4 By Katharine Handel Christmas is traditionally a time for wishes. It’s also, somewhat more mundanely, a time for list…   Read more…

Editorial - Mixed feelings

Vol. 35, No. 4, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2023, Vol 35, No 4 By Alex Smith Welcome to the December issue of the AIMS journal, which this quarter has the theme of perinatal emotio…   Read more…

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

Vol. 35, No. 4, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2023, Vol 35, No 4 Other quarterly updates By the AIMS Campaigns Team Written outputs: 24th August: Open letter to NHS Confederation abo…   Read more…

An interview with Dr Rebecca Moore from Make Birth Better (MBB)

Vol. 35, No. 4, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2023, Vol 35, No 4 Interview by Alex Smith Hello Rebecca, thank you for agreeing to answer some questions about your work with Make Birt…   Read more…

Influencing the future of midwifery and maternity research

Vol. 35, No. 4, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2023, Vol 35, No 4 By Jude Field and Jenny Cunningham The background to the project Maternity services are complex, and multiple element…   Read more…

Mariamni Plested's research methodology - Just ‘birth’: the phenomenon of birth without a healthcare professional

Vol. 35, No. 4, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2023, Vol 35, No 4 Just ‘birth’: the phenomenon of birth without a healthcare professional Mariamni Plested Method This article forms pa…   Read more…

Editorial - We were there

Vol. 35, No. 3, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

Editorial: We were there By Alex Smith Welcome to the September issue of the journal. We open with four different birth-related memories. “I often lay…   Read more…

Consent to Medical Treatment UK 2023: Dream Mirage or Nemesis?

Vol. 35, No. 3, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2023, Vol 35, No 3 Editor's note: You may or may not hold strong views about vaccination, but at the very heart of AIMS ethos is the pri…   Read more…

Why I am taking a break

Vol. 35, No. 3, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2023, Vol 35, No 3 In this extraordinary piece of writing, Doula Nicola Goodall presents her ‘list of experiences’ since 2020. In places…   Read more…

The Role of a Doula as a Container

Vol. 35, No. 3, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2023, Vol 35, No 3 By Tomoko Holloway Introduction The journey of becoming a mother is a life-altering experience that goes beyond the p…   Read more…

Doulas Supporting Neurodivergent Birth

Vol. 35, No. 3, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2023, Vol 35, No 3 By Victoria White Neurodiversity is the concept that all people vary in terms of human brain function and cognition,…   Read more…

European Network of Childbirth Associations (ENCA) Annual Meetings: An open letter to all participants from the UK delegate to the 2023 Meeting in Budapest, Jo Dagustun

Vol. 35, No. 3, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2023, Vol 35, No 3 Dear ENCAs Thank you so much for welcoming me so warmly to this year’s annual meetings. I am writing this open letter…   Read more…

How maternity services are developing in NI July 2023

Vol. 35, No. 3, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2023, Vol 35, No 3 By Anne Glover Here is a review on the developments in Northern Ireland. AIMS would be interested to have similar inf…   Read more…

The International Labour and Birth Research Conference 24th – 26th April 2023: Charlotte Edun reports on this recent conference in Grange over Sands

Vol. 35, No. 3, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2023, Vol 35, No 3 By Charlotte Edun Arriving at the first day of a conference is usually quite a lively affair, a mix of meeting collea…   Read more…

Birth Activists Briefing: Recent Publications

Vol. 35, No. 3, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2023, Vol 35, No 3 By the AIMS Campaigns Team In this article members of the AIMS Campaigns Team summarise some of the documents that we…   Read more…

What I wish I’d known about NICU: Raising awareness in antenatal education

Vol. 35, No. 3, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2023, Vol 35, No 3 By Hannah Thomas I used to think that special care was just for premature babies - but the majority of babies who rec…   Read more…

Review of Cochrane report: Planned hospital birth compared with planned home birth for pregnant women at low risk of complications

Vol. 35, No. 3, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2023, Vol 35, No 3 By Catharine Hart Cochrane report: Planned hospital birth compared with planned home birth for pregnant women at low…   Read more…

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Just ‘birth’: the phenomenon of bir…

AIMS Journal, 2023, Vol 35, No 4 Editor’s note: AIMS is honoured to present Mariamni’s research study in which she interviews 10 women who gave birth without a healthcare…

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An interview with Dr Rebecca Moore…

AIMS Journal, 2023, Vol 35, No 4 Interview by Alex Smith Hello Rebecca, thank you for agreeing to answer some questions about your work with Make Birth Better. I wonder i…

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Postpartum: A short story

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What are the priorities for midwife…

AIMS is proud to be supporting the RCM's Research Prioritisation project as a Project Partner and with one of our volunteers on the Steering Group www.rcm.org.uk/promotin…

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This is a review of the paper (https://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.1004259%20 ) published on July 20, 2023 by researchers at St George’…

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