Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services (AIM)
How a child is born can have a profound effect on its health and its life. The experience of birth can also either empower a woman or destroy her confidence in her ability to parent. Through its website, quarterly journal and booklets it campaigns for women's rights for normal, non-medicalised birth and provides independent support and information.
Midwifery Matters: Association of Radical Midwives
Midwives, student midwives and others in the UK committed to improving the maternity care provided by the NHS. ARM strongly believe that all women have the right to a service tailored more closely to their needs, and a sympathetic attitude on the part of their professional attendants. Primarily a support group for people having difficulty in getting or giving good sympathetic, personalised midwifery care. A few of the midwives work independently outside the NHS, in order to offer a more woman-centred, one-to-one, style of practice, which at present is not widely available within NHS maternity services. There are contacts and/or local groups all around UK, as well as several overseas members.
One World Birth: Save birth, change the world
One World Birth is a free online video resource for birth professionals, activists and parents who want to keep their finger on the pulse of birth around the globe today. The world's birth experts discuss the latest thinking & research in short, bite-sized video clips that are based around a central theme each month.
5,000 more midwives e-petition, Royal College of Midwives
The RCM is calling on the Government to recruit an extra 5,000 midwives into the NHS to fill the desperate shortfall. They have a year to reach 100,000 signatures - sign now.
Neighbourhood Midwives: midwives you know and trust
A new employee-owned social enterprise is being set up to provide an NHS commissioned caseload midwifery homebirth service, based in your local community.
Maternity special Birth uncut: how women were turned off natural childbirth
Tested, assessed and treated as patients rather than mothers-to-be, it's no wonder women are afraid of giving birth naturally, says Pat Thomas as International Women's Day arrives
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Maternity special Flash 'em: how breastfeeding got political
An exclusive interview with Claire Jones-Hughes - the woman behind Brighton’s now famous breastfeeding flash mob. By Matilda Lee
Maternity special Top 10...tips for a natural labour
Whether it’s raspberry leaf tea or a spot of stretching, pregnancy massage specialist Holly Jeffery suggests some all-natural ways to keep labour pain at bay
Maternity special Labour of love: the demise of traditional midwifery
Women-centred maternity care through midwifery is in danger of extinction, replaced by a medical model that treats birth as an illness. Birth is an act of love, not one of fear and loathing, so what are the consequences? Matilda Lee reports
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Maternity special Five maternity campaigns for better, safer birth
Get involved in the groups and campaigns working towards better maternity services in the UK