Sarah was induced at 38 weeks with her first child. She experienced a posterior labour, episiotomy, forcep delivery, third-degree tear and post-partum haemorrhage. She met her baby the following day. Her tear became infected and resulted in a fistula. Sarah now understands the importance of seeking help early to deal with physical issues and with processing emotional trauma. Her personal experience of birth trauma has given her greater empathy and a deeper understanding of the repercussions possible following birth.