AIMS Ireland is a consumer-led voluntary organisation dedicated to improvement in maternity services in Ireland. It was formed in early 2007 by women following their own experiences in the Irish maternity system. Our mission is to highlight normal birth practices, which are supported by evidence-based research and international best practices, and campaign for recognition of maternal autonomy and issues surrounding informed choice and informed refusal for women in all aspects of the maternity services – from Caesarean section to homebirth.
AIMS Ireland believe that every woman should have access to evidence-based maternity care that is appropriate to her individual needs, and that she should be enabled and empowered to be an active partner in that care.
AIMS Ireland campaigns on the grounds that birth choice is a basic human right as declared at the International Conference of Human Rights and Childbirth.
AIMS Ireland offer independent, confidential, non-judgemental support and information on maternity choices and care to women and their families. We assist in complaints and run a closed online Birth Healing support group for women following difficult and/or traumatic birth.
Our day-to-day contact with service users, consumer interest groups and healthcare practitioners helps us stay informed of key issues in maternity care and services which we can directly feedback to service providers, media, HSE and Government in an effort to improve maternity services on a local and national level.
AIMS Ireland is run solely by volunteers and funded through donations and fundraising. Volunteers cover their own costs (travel to meetings, parking, childminding, phone costs). All money donated to AIMS Ireland goes directly back to women and support.
More information is available on our website, www.aimsireland.com