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Mothers are doing it for each other: A conversation with The Motherkind Café

Vol. 33, No. 1, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 33, No 1 By Katharine Handel Illustration by Katherine Crawford, “Salutogenesis.” The three co-ordinators at our first birthda…   Read more…

Salutogenesis: how philosophy shapes practice

Vol. 33, No. 1, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 33, No 1 By Alex Smith Life on Pathogenia: a story from a parallel world Oliver is nearly six months old. Until now, his mothe…   Read more…

Challenging attitudes and language around Down syndrome: The lived experience of a proud mother

Vol. 33, No. 1, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 33, No 1 By Nicola Enoch Improvements in the UK’s maternity services all happen thanks to the efforts of a diverse range of pe…   Read more…

Self Efficacy: What is it? Why is it important? And what can we do about it?

Vol. 33, No. 1, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 33, No 1 By Mary Nolan, Professor of Perinatal Education, University of Worcester, UK Self-efficacy refers to a person’s belie…   Read more…

Introducing “They said to me”: Giving voice to the voiceless

Vol. 33, No. 1, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 33, No 1 By Samantha Gadsden They Said To Me is an awareness-raising platform, present on Facebook, Instagram and now a websit…   Read more…

An Interview with Soo Downe by the AIMS Campaigns Team

Vol. 33, No. 1, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 33, No 1 Soo Downe Interview by Jo Dagustun AIMS recognises that many different types of organisations, alongside many individ…   Read more…

Yoga: A time for me and a time for my baby

Vol. 33, No. 1, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 33, No 1 By Cathy Welch While I was ruminating about what to write for this article, a text popped up on my phone with a baby…   Read more…

Getting to grips with the first Ockenden Report and what it means for the Maternity Transformation Programme

Vol. 33, No. 1, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 33, No 1 By the AIMS Campaigns Team Donna Ockenden and her team’s first – interim – report was published in December 2020. It…   Read more…

AIMS Commentary on the Ockenden Interim Report, published on 10 December 2020

Vol. 33, No. 1, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 33, No 1 By Anna Madeley AIMS welcomes the publication of the interim Ockenden Report 1 relating to 250 cases involving the ca…   Read more…

On message - What can we learn from listening to our internal monologues?

Vol. 33, No. 1, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 33, No 1 By Sophie Martin We all have continuous internal monologues running day and night 1 . Much of what the voices in our…   Read more…

Better Births – Five Years On

Vol. 33, No. 1, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 33, No 1 By Annie Francis The National Maternity Review, led by Baroness Julia Cumberlege, was commissioned by NHS England in…   Read more…

Continuity of Carer and Social Support Network: Working together

Vol. 33, No. 1, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 33, No 1 By Anne Glover As a doula, I am keen to embrace the ideology that women’s chosen social support is important for the…   Read more…

The science behind babywearing

Vol. 33, No. 1, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 33, No 1 By Neve Spicer Editor’s note: Neve Spicer has created this infographic about the benefits of babywearing for both bab…   Read more…

Pregnancy apps and social media – are we being watched?

Vol. 32, No. 4, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 32, No 4 Editor's note: We are all to a greater or lesser extent, wittingly or unwittingly shaped by the society in which we l…   Read more…

Social media and the sharing of knowledge

Vol. 32, No. 4, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 32, No 4 By Gemma McKenzie On 10th March 1906, the British Medical Journal published an address that Dr Peter Horrocks, a seni…   Read more…

AIMS and Social Media

Vol. 32, No. 4, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 32, No 4 By Julie Ann Crowley Long gone are the days when AIMS relied on people stumbling across our website online through se…   Read more…

Baby loss in lockdown, the loneliest of times. Does social media help?

Vol. 32, No. 4, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 32, No 4 By Julie Wall At 41 and with three beautiful, thriving children, I was elated if not a bit surprised to discover we w…   Read more…

A (Mother’s) Visual Diary on Social Media: Pregnancy and Motherhood during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Vol. 32, No. 4, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 32, No 4 By Jocelyn Allen “I Keep Looking At The Scan As I Can Not Believe It (9 and a half weeks),” from Waiting For Things I…   Read more…

My experiences of supporting breastfeeding women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) via social media

Vol. 32, No. 4, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 32, No 4 By Wendy Jones PhD MRPharmS MBE ‘ Scientific, evidence-led information which is very up to date and relevant, and … b…   Read more…

Oxfordshire Breastfeeding Support & Social Media

Vol. 32, No. 4, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 32, No 4 The OBS facilitators: Charlotte Gilman, Julie Gallegos, Lisa Mansour and Jayne Joyce (left to right) By Jayne Joyce I…   Read more…

Ideological birth wars: The academic debate goes on, but where does this leave us?

Vol. 32, No. 4, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 32, No 4 A recent article published in the British Medical Journal 1 provoked quite some controversy in maternity circles, and…   Read more…

Birth Activists Briefing: What is a Professional Midwifery Advocate (PMA)?

Vol. 32, No. 4, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 32, No 4 By the AIMS Campaigns team The Professional Midwifery Advocate (PMA) is a role which has replaced the Supervisor of M…   Read more…

Introducing the Childbirth Choices Matter Campaign

Vol. 32, No. 4, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 32, No 4 By Kay King The UK-based Childbirth Choices Matter campaign has a vision to create a new insurance product for self-e…   Read more…

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

Vol. 32, No. 4, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 32, No 4 By the AIMS Campaigns Team The AIMS Campaigns Team has previously promoted the Better Births vision 1 as a key tool f…   Read more…

Fifteen Minutes on Social Media

Vol. 32, No. 4, ISSN 2516-5852 (Online)

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 32, No 4 Editor’s note: This article features a fictionalised discussion of one woman’s experience of stopping breastfeeding a…   Read more…

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