Welcome to the ARM
We are midwives, student midwives and others committed to improving maternity services in the UK and internationally. We strongly believe that all women have the right to a service tailored closely to their needs, and a sympathetic attitude on the part of their professional attendants.
ARM provides support and information for those wishing to give or receive good sympathetic, personalised midwifery care. We are stakeholders in policy-making at local, national and international level and we’re involved with many campaigns and projects relating to midwifery and maternity care. We have contacts and local groups all around UK, as well as our overseas members.
We are a UK Registered Charity, No.1060525
is for autonomous, empowered midwives to be able to support women’s choices in childbirth. We believe that midwifery matters. The full version of our vision is available here.
is to provide support, information, leadership and practical assistance for midwives, student midwives and others so that maternity services are woman-centred, compassionate and human-scaled.
What are our objectives?
- To reestablish the confidence of the midwife in her own skills as an autonomous practitioner
- To share ideals, skills and information
- To provide support and care for midwives, other health professionals and maternity service users
- To provide leadership in campaigns to further our vision
- To encourage midwives in their support of women’s active participation in birth
- To reaffirm the need for midwives to provide continuity of carer
- To explore and support midwives in delivering alternative patterns of care
- To encourage evaluation of developments in our field
How did we start?
The Association of Radical Midwives (ARM) was formed in 1976 by a small group of student midwives from different training schools who were alarmed by the apparent trend towards maternity nurse status in their training. The acronym ‘ARM’ is a pun on the term ‘Artificial Rupture of Membranes’ which was routinely (over-) used at the time. Read our full history here.
The word ‘Radical’ is used in its literary meaning of relating to roots and origins, and best expresses the hope of that early group, that midwifery could find its way back to a position where midwives’ skills were used to the full, while still taking advantage of the benefits of modern technological advances, where these are seen to be in the best interests of the woman and her child. In other words, the hope that the true meaning of midwife (‘with woman’) will once more be realised in practice.