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Useful links

Birth Centre Network Yahoo! group
An email discussion group whose aim is to ensure that modern maternity care includes the provision of birth centres as a real choice for women.

Edgware Birth Centre
Edgware Birth Centre, London, is the only NHS birth centre in the UK that has been fully evaluated.

Paulton Birthing Centre
Birth centre in West Wilts; women from South Bristol may currently opt to give birth at Paulton.

The National Childbirth Trust
The NCT is a national charity offering support in pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood.

Bristol NCT
The Bristol branch of the National Childbirth Trust.

Independent Midwives UK
Independent Midwives UK exists for the dissemination of information about, and support for, independent midwives, and to lobby for the traditional role of the midwife.

MIDIRS (Midwives Information and Resource Service) is an educational charity based in Bristol whose aim is ‘to be the central source of information relating to childbirth and to disseminate this information to midwives and others’.

Association for Improvement in Maternity Services
AIMS is working towards normal birth, provides independent support and information about maternity choices and raises awareness of current research on childbirth and related issues.

Association of Radical Midwives
Midwives, student midwives and others in the UK committed to improving the maternity care provided by the NHS.

Sheila Kitzinger’s site
Sheila Kitzinger is a well known author who campaigns for women to have the information they need to make choices about childbirth.

Dr Foster
The Dr Foster site offers information on every maternity unit in the UK.

Childbirth Connection (USA)
Childbirth Connection, formerly known as the Maternity Center Association, is a US organization whose mission is to promote safe, effective and satisfying maternity care for all women and their families through research, education and advocacy.

Offers information for women on where to have their baby, with details of home birth, hospital birth and alternative maternity choices.

Bristol Netmums
Netmums offers local information for parents in the Bristol area.
Evidence-based information and research findings.