• Welcome to the Australasian Birth Trauma Association
Supporting people traumatised
by childbirth
The ABTA Support Group
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Birth Trauma
We define Birth Trauma 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.
We have 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.

Heathcare Professionals

One of our primary goals is to create partnerships with health professionals aiming to reduce the incidence of birth trauma and increase recognition, early identification and effective management.


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This group is aimed at supporting women who have suffered difficult births and we aim to offer advice and support to those who are affected by their childbirth experience. We aren’t trained clinicians or counsellors, we are mothers who wish to help others and our members include women experiencing PTSD, birth trauma and pelvic organ prolapse, industry representatives, and healthcare professionals.

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