The Australasian Birth Trauma Association (ABTA) seeks to assist women
through their own journey after a traumatic birth by providing them with
the information, resources, and support required to manage their
symptoms while raising a family, participating in the workforce and
being active in their community.
- Who are We?
- How to Donate
- Join Us
Help & Support
- What is Birth Trauma?
- Getting Help
- Treatment Available
- Support by Email
- Fathers/Partners Page
- Mediolegal Issues
- Useful Resources
ABTA has been established to offer:
- Emotional and practical support to women and their partners who have been traumatised by a difficult birth experience. The labour and delivery, which may have been vaginal or by caesarean section, has resulted in physical and/or psychological damage.
- Guidance for the broad array of health professionals involved in the care of these women and their families.
Birth Trauma is defined here as:
- Physically damaging birth processes which then result in life-changing psychological and social difficulties
- Psychological problems arising from the circumstances of the delivery (e.g. “wrong” location; pre-term; support people not present) or the process (e.g. labour too quick, prolonged, inadequate pain relief; feeling of loss of control; emergency caesarean section; concerns about survival of baby or self)
- An ‘uneventful’ or satisfactory delivery from the professional point of view (mother and baby well; no physical complications), but traumatising for the woman as she feels unsupported or even misunderstood by the health professionals.
- Overview of physical trauma
- Overview of Psychological Trauma
- Identifying those at risk
- Support in the early postnatal period
- Help for perinatal patients through Medicare
- Continuing Education
The ABTA is run entirely by volunteers and relies on donations to continue with its work.Please use the link below to find out about the various ways in which you can donate and/or raise funds for us.