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Acupressure for pregnancy and labour
The Association for Improvements in Maternity Services
AIMS is a well established volunteer organisation which works with health professionals and parents to improves maternity services in the United Kingdom. They are a fantastic independent resource of information and support, promoting normal birth and choice, and protecting the rights of childbearing women.
Better Births: Improving outcomes of maternity services in England
A national review of the maternity service which sets out wide-ranging proposals designed to make care safer and give women greater control and more choices.
The Birth Place Study
The Birth Place Cohort Study looked at data from 64,000 “low risk” births, including 17,000 home births, and examined the risks and benefits of birthing across all settings (home, free standing midwifery led unit, along side midwifery led unit and consultant led unit).
A UK based organisation dedicated to protecting human rights in childbirth.
The Cochrane Collaboration
37,000 contributors from more than 130 countries promote evidence based decision making by providing high quality and accessible systematic reviews of all of the available research evidence of a particular health care treatment/decision.Click here to see what they conclude about the “Benefits and harms of planned hospital birth compared with planned home birth for low-risk pregnant women”
Maternity Choices Information Survey
A reliable source of information for all areas of health, The NHS Choices has a very user-friendly site with lots of basic information about all of your birth choices.Click here to visit their page “Where to give birth: The options”
National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)
The National Institute for clinical excellence (NICE) provide national guidance and advice to improve heath and social care. They have published a number of guidelines for pregnancy, labour, postnatal and paediatric care. The website also contains a search facility which allows the user to find research and articles on a specific aspect of health or social care.
The PANDAS Foundation is a UK charity which provides support and advise to any parent experiencing a perinatal mental illness. They also provide information and guidance to family members, carers, friends and employers supporting someone with perinatal mental illness. Information can be accessed via their website or helpline 0843 2898 401 (9am-8pm 7 days a week).