Information on birth trauma support and rights in childbirth….
Run by mothers, giving emotional and practical support to women and families after traumatic birth experiences. It aims to raise awareness of birth trauma, helps to prevent it, and supports families in need.
Birth Trauma Association is dependent on our donations.
Birth Crisis @SheilaKitzinger.com
Birth Crisis network is a listening service network for mothers who want to talk about traumatic birth.
“Many women who are suffering from having been disempowered in birth are treated by GPs with anti-depressant drugs, when what they really need is to be able to talk with someone who understands, who does not try to explain or justify the treatment they received, or to criticise them and the way they feel about what happened to them, and who knows how to listen reflectively”.
Birthrights was founded by a group of lawyers committed to improving women’s experience of childbirth by promoting respect for human rights. It offers support and information to professionals as well as individuals, and provide advise and downloadable fact sheets on rights and law in childbirth. Birthrights is dependent on our donations.
Positive Birth Movement is a global network of free to attend antenatal groups, linked up by social media. It connects pregnant women together to share stories, expertise and positivity about childbirth. It aims to challenge the epidemic of negativity and fear that surrounds modern birth, and help change birth for the better. Join, meet up, link up and shake up birth!
White Ribbon Alliance unites citizens to demand the right to a safe birth for every woman, everywhere. It harnesses the power of local women and men to achieve lasting change. Its vision is a world where the right of all women to be safe and healthy before, during and after childbirth is upheld. White Ribbon Alliance is dependent on our donations.
Association of Radical Midwives is an organisation of midwives, student midwives and others, committed to improving maternity care. It believes 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, and offers support for people having difficulty in getting or giving good sympathetic, personalised midwifery care. There are contacts and/or local groups all around UK. Become a member.
Association for the Improvements in Maternity Services provides some really useful online tips on getting the information you need to make an informed decision. it also has several publications to buy, and useful articles to read. Become a member, or donate.
NHS Patient Advice and Liaison Services is a free and confidential service that provides help when it is needed. Members of the PALS team act independently when handling patient and family concerns, liaising with staff, managers and, where appropriate, relevant organisations to negotiate immediate or prompt solutions.
Information on guidelines, policies and procedures….
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
NICE sets out national guidance, advice, quality standards and information services for health, public health and social care. It also provides resources to help maximise use of evidence and guidance. This is a useful site to check national guidelines against local guidelines.
RCOG provides maternity patient leaflets and green top guidelines for pregnancy and childbirth. This is useful information to use alongside local guidelines, and also provides a medical, evidence-based balance against the more spiritual or holistic aspects of birth.
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
An A – Z list of maternity information leaflets provided by the Trust.
The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. Here’s where the latest and widely respected evidence for childbirth practices is found. Trusted evidence. Informed decisions.
Local education and birth support….
Your local NHS community midwife
Services differ across UK. Find out what is available in your area. Get to know your team of midwives. Ask for continuity of carer during antenatal appointments. Babycentre gives advise and answers your questions around care options.
National Childbirth Trust
NCT offers information and support in pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. It campaigns to improve maternity care and ensure better services and facilities for new parents, and aims to give every parent the chance to make informed choices. They hold various educational sessions and have an online shop.
Search for an independent midwife in your area, for all, or part, of your pregnancy and birth care.
Doula UK is an organisation of members supporting women in pregnancy, labour, and the post birth period. Doulas are usually experienced women who have completed some basic training. They do not offer clinical skills and are not medically trained. Some volunteer or provide support through an access fund for refugees or low income families.