Welcome to the Australasian Birth Trauma Association

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SAFER BIRTHS, BETTER HEALING

The ABTA is a charity dedicated to better prevention and treatment of birth-related trauma​.
We do this through collaboration, advocacy, research, and peer-to-peer support.​
Whether you’re preparing for birth, healing from birth, or supporting a birthing person, we’re here to help.​
Our vision is for physically and psychologically safer births, and better postnatal care.​

I'm a parent seeking support​

I'm a individual wanting to advocate or support ABTA

I’m a health professional wanting to learn more.

I want to understand my birth experience

Read our new report - Birth Injuries: The hidden epidemic

This report details findings from the Physical Birth Injuries (PBI) survey undertaken by the Birth Trauma Association (BTA), Australasian Birth Trauma Association (ABTA) and Make Birth Better (MBB) in May 2022.

The PBI survey captures responses from 801 women from the UK, Australia and New Zealand who self-identified as having experienced birth injuries (with or without ongoing effects), mostly between 2016-2022. The majority of respondents gave birth in Australia (416) or the UK (325), with the remaining 60 in New Zealand or elsewhere.

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Our Support Services

Talk about your birth experience with parents who’ve been there. Our peer-led support programs are run by our peer mentors. They help women, birthing people and their families find hope. They are walking, talking proof that things can get better. They will provide you with an empathetic ear, free of judgement in a safe supportive environment, helping you take the first steps to healing after birth-related trauma.

Peer2Peer call back

Speak to a trained Peer Support Mentor about your experience, and translator services available.

Peer2Peer Live Site chat

Live instant message with a trained Peer Support Mentor about your experience, translator services available.

Peer2Peer Meets

Meet in person. Supportive and informative workshops, packed with content that will guide you through your recovery.

Facebook

Join our private Facebook group and be supported by others with a lived birth trauma experience.

Partner Support

We hope this information encourages fathers and partners to seek help and understand you are not alone and that support is available.

The ABTA provides various training packages to support the health and community sectors.

Are you a healthcare professional working with women, birthing people, and their families? Do you encounter birth-related trauma in your workplace? We have a range of educational resources and CPD training modules to aid your professional development.

ThinkNatal Education

Thinking about your next birth after trauma? We have created a series of educational resources designed to help you start meaningful conversations with your care providers.

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Birth Stories

Lived Experience

The first step in preventing and healing from birth-related trauma is talking about it. Read real-life birth stories from our members, learn more about prevention and treatment from our clinical experts, and get up to date with the latest research.

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Conversation Starters

We have developed several discussion guides and information factsheets, which support conversations with your health professionals and care providers.

ABTA's guide to debriefing

Perineal Tears Discussion Guide

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Assisted Birth Discussion guide

Please Donate Today

Donate via PAYPAL Today

Visit our Paypal donation page to give a one-off donation. Donations are tax-deductible and you will receive a receipt for your as soon as it is processed.

Mentor Applications

We are currently accepting expressions of interest from individuals wishing to be peer support volunteers with the ABTA. Training and ongoing support are provided and your time commitment is very flexible so you can honour your family, work and leisure commitments.

Other options for support

Women are welcome to join our Facebook Group – Australasian Birth Trauma Support to connect with other mothers and ask questions about trauma recovery.

Our Support Services Page contains information on other support services that may be useful.