Safer Births
Better Healing

Birth is wonderful.

But sometimes birth is frightening.
Sometimes birth is physically damaging.
Sometimes birth is nothing like you hoped or planned.
It’s hard to hear, but important to say: birth can be traumatic. But it doesn’t need to be, and there’s help if it is.
We are a peer-led community dedicated to helping Australian and New Zealanders prevent and heal from birth-related trauma. We do this through advocacy, education, research and peer-led support.

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What is Birth Trauma?

The birth of a child is meant to be one of life’s happiest events. But for an alarming number of women and families, it is anything but. In fact, 1 in 3 women describe their birth experience as traumatic, while 10-20% of first-time mothers will sustain long-term physical injury from childbirth. Let's talk about it.

Get Support

Talk about your birth with people who've been there. Our group and individual peer-led support programs help women and families heal from birth trauma in a safe, supportive environment.

Preparing for Birth

Our THINKNATAL antenatal education series is designed to provide honest, unbiased and evidence-based information to help birthing families make informed decisions about their care – a first step to avoiding trauma.

Physical Birth Trauma

Understanding the types of physical injuries that can occur during birth can help you find the right health professionals to assist in your recovery, and manage risk for future births.

Partners & Fathers

Partners and loved ones not only play a vital supporting role in the lives of women affected by birth trauma, but can also be traumatised themselves.

Downloadable Guides

This series of downloadable guides provides information, guidance and support to those touched by birth trauma, and the people who support them.

COVID-19 FAQS

Are you worried about how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect your birthing options? Check out our FAQs on birth and maternity care during COVID-19.

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