Association of Radical Midwives

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The Association of Radical Midwives (ARM) is a UK organisation for midwives, doulas, mothers, and anyone concerned with the health of maternity services.

The ARM was created in 1976, and is a registered charity[citation needed]. Its founding members were concerned at the increasing medical intervention of childbirth, and used the initials of 'Artificial Rupture of Membranes'[citation needed], a procedure which was becoming more common. ARM produces the quarterly journal Midwifery Matters[citation needed].

The word 'radical' in the organisation's name means radical as in 'grassroots', or 'fundamental'[citation needed]. Retainment of midwifery skills such as supporting twin vaginal birth, breech vaginal birth, and home birth are a focus of the group[citation needed], as is the sharing of information, and assisting women with choice and continuity of care[citation needed].

The ARM has members within the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)[citation needed], Association for the Improvement of maternity Services (AIMS)[citation needed], and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM)[citation needed].

Its members include Mary Cronk MBE, currently working independently, and author Sheila Kitzinger. Along with Jane Evans, Cronk holds workshops in the UK for midwives and student midwives[citation needed].

The Association of Radical Midwives website holds information resources on pregnancy and birth[citation needed], including articles and discussion and links to other maternity groups. The ARM also run groups around the UK who meet both formally and informally on an ad hoc basis to discuss maternity issues[citation needed].

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