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Saturday, 6 June 2020

AIMS Covid-19 and maternal choices journal.

The AIMS Journal (Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services) is out online and this edition is full of women's birth stories of being pregnant and having a baby during the Covid-19 lockdown.  It includes stories of induction, freebirth, homebirth, Caesarean birth amongst others, and how each woman came to make or be forced into those choices.  It's a moving and useful read for everyone facing those choices at the present time.  

https://www.aims.org.uk/journal/index/32/2

AIMS Helpline is, as ever, open:

AIMS Helpline
The Helpline is intended for anyone using the maternity services or their supporters to seek information and support.
Email: helpline@aims.org.uk
This email will go to a group of AIMS volunteers and someone will respond as soon as possible.

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 Helpline volunteers are all experienced in providing information and support on pregnancy and birth issues. We do not give medical advice, but instead we focus on helping those who contact the Helpline to find the information that they need to make informed decisions which are right for them, and support them to have their decision respected by their health care providers. They are also able to provide a listening ear and practical support for women who are unhappy with their experiences.
Telephone: +44 (0) 300 365 0663
This phone number will connect you to an AIMS volunteer when possible, otherwise please leave us a message, or email us, and someone will get back to you.

(Calls to 03 numbers cost no more than a national rate call to an 01 or 02 number and will be covered by phone contract inclusive minutes in the same way as 01 and 02 calls. See www.ofcom.org.uk for further details)

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Something useful from the Royal College of Midwives (!)

UM is pleased to report finding something of interest and usefulness on the RCM website!

Since the unjustified smothering of the Normal Birth Campaign by the RCM about 4 or 5 years ago and the removal of the excellent NBC resources from the RCM website, there has been very little of interest on it.  

However this may be of interest to all those setting up (minus the present SARs-Covid-2 interruption) much longed for and safety-enhancing Continuity of Care schemes:

https://www.rcm.org.uk/media/3559/what-if-my-midwifery-continuity-team-is-organising-how-we-work-a4-4pp_6.pdf 

It's a little sparse on detail but the issue of proper rostering and staffing is fundamental to CoC and it is faintly encouraging to see the RCM has some grasp of this.