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MIDWIFERY WALKS: Elizabeth Thompson Walk

Elizabeth Thompson was a midwife practising in and around Kendal in the mid- to late 17th century. A diary, kept from 1669 to shortly before her death in 1675, lists the births she attended and the places where those births took place. The main walk will visit some of...

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Birth in the Balance – Radical Journal

Delegates at the ARM Conference on 1st December 2018 had a wonderful time journaling. We invited all delegates to make contributions to a journal we are creating from responses to the conference and theme of ‘Birth in the Balance’. We've had some brilliant...

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Bearing Different Risks

Thank you to Caitlin Stobie, PhD Candidate from the English Department at Leeds University, for this guest post about a fascinating collaboration between historians and midwives. Check out the Facebook event for more...

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Independent Midwives Are Back!

Sabine von Toerne, ARM member and Independent Midwife, shares her perspective on the current Independent Midwifery situation in the UK.

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Sunshine and Sisterhood

European Midwives Association Meeting September 2017 ARM has been a member of the European Midwives Association (EMA) for many years. Membership comes at a moderate cost which the Steering Group has agreed to maintain in order to give us a voice in Europe. At present...

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Woops – I forgot to upgrade my membership

I'm embarrassed to confess that I was locked out of my ARM membership account the other day and realised that of all people I had forgotten to upgrade my membership! How mortifying - I'm the ARM website editor!!! Woops! It just shows how easy it is to forget, even...

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Birth photography with Jo Robertson

We at ARM are very grateful to Jo Robertson and her client, who generously provided us with the beautiful birth image on our website home page. When trying to find the right image, we went through hundreds of photos, and became aware that birth photography has grown...

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Wasn’t I just made for this life?

By Lynn Walcott (Genevieve). Originally published in Midwifery Matters Issue 123 (Winter 2009). Still sadly relevant. This was not my original plan; a grand announcement, but rather I’d envisaged a gentle fade out. However, I find myself wanting to explain, to...

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What really matters to mothers

A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE AIMING TO REDUCE POSTNATAL ILLNESS There are various causes of postnatal illness, however, as a mother who developed the most severe form, puerperal psychosis, I believe that there are several areas which midwives can be aware of which may help...

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