Welcome to ABTA’s Birth Trauma Peer2Peer Support Program.

Here you will find information to help you understand how this free program works and how it may help you. If you have any further questions please email us via our Contact Page.

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What is the Peer2Peer Support Program?

The Peer2Peer Support Program is an initiative that provides an online live messaging service for women and their families impacted by birth-related trauma. This is the first service in Australia dealing specifically with birth trauma.

The service is provided by ABTA peer mentors who have a lived experience of birth trauma, so you will be in contact with someone who has been there and will treat you with kindness, respect and without judgment. We hear time after time from people how important it is for them to simply be heard, treated with respect and to realise they are not alone. This is where a peer support program can have immense positive impact.

What can I expect from a session with a Peer2Peer Mentor?

Our aim is to offer one-2-one support with empathy, and a non-judgmental attitude.
Our program is made possible by our volunteers (Peer2Peer Mentors), who have themselves experienced psychological and/or physical injuries from birth and are in a place where they can now provide support to others who are on their birth trauma journey.

Our Peer2Peer Mentors are not trained counsellors and are therefore not able to provide specific advice around diagnosis, however they can provide a listening ear and supportive shoulder for those navigating life after birth trauma. They may also recommend useful services and resources that other people have found useful.

Before participating in the program it is important that you read our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions. As part of using this service you accept these terms and conditions.

P2P Mentor webchat drop-in sessions

At ABTA we understand that we all have busy lives. When we do get around to making and appointment something usually comes up and we need to cancel. Or we sometime even just forget. We are all human right?!

That is why ANTA has decided to expand our support services with webchat drop in sessions. Simply click on the speech bubble during one of the session times and there will be a P2P Mentor waiting to chat with you.

Session times are as follows. All session go for 1 hour.

Monday 1pm and 8pm AEST/AEDT

Wednesday 1pm and 8pm AEST/AEDT

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We invite those of you with a personal experience of birth trauma to share your story. We want you to know that you are not alone and by sharing your birth story, you are in turn saying to another woman that you are not alone. We encourage you to find your brave and #breakthesilence

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Meet our Peer2Peer Mentors
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Meet Jenna

Is a mum of 2 children ages 6 and 3 and works as a psychologist. She experienced a traumatic birth with her first child involving induction and emergency cesarean. Jenna felt a lot of choices were taken away from her. Unfortunately the feelings she had after the birth were not validated by those around her so Jenna pushed them aside. It all came back out when she was pregnant with her second and had strong reactions to the idea of birthing and flashbacks. Luckily Jenna had an amazing midwife who helped her find her way to healing and had a very empowering second birth experience. She looks forward to connecting with you on your journey and being there for you without judgement.

 
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Meet Kylie

Kylie is a wife and mum to three young children, primary school teacher and postnatal fitness instructor.  Kylie’s first born was delivered via emergency caesarean due to a Frank Breech presentation and spontaneous labour.  Her second birth was a successful VBAC, although she suffered physical and emotional trauma as a result of a 4th degree tear, post-partum haemorrhage and 3 hours of emergency surgery.  Her third birth was a very healing elective caesarean.  She has suffered several early miscarriages, including a missed miscarriage and a ruptured ectopic pregnancy during her third child’s pregnancy (loss of twin).  She is dedicated to supporting postnatal mothers in their physical and emotional journey to recovery.
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Meet Lisa

Lisa is from Newcastle NSW and is happily married and her husband and she has three great kids. She leads an active and adventurous life so we camp, hike, have regular beach picnic dinners, ride bikes and be outside as much as we can. In her down time she runs a book club for local mums, loves to grow veggies, flowers, and tends to their fairy garden and enjoys sewing. The fastest way to her heart is with a cup of tea and she is a sickening optimist. She runs her own family day care for work and loves being around children.  She is really excited to be part of the ABTA community.
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Meet Amanda

Amanda is a single mum of one little boy and accomplished business woman. Her son arrived in traumatic circumstances in October 2017 after years of infertility and pregnancy loss. The birth involved an emergency caesarean and a life saving hysterectomy. Her physical trauma from the surgery healed well however Amanda was diagnosed with PTSD and PND following the birth. With the help of family, friends, a psychologist, GP, obstetrician and medication, the psychological scars are slowly fading. Amanda is dedicated to giving back and helping others navigate life after a difficult birth.
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Meet Kristy-Lee

Kristy-Lee is mum to three boys, two of which are her stepsons. With the birth of her youngest, she suffered psychological trauma after a caesarean at 37 weeks 4 days. Her son had complications due to issues outside of her control however; insensitive comments made by the pediatrician lead her to unnecessarily blame herself for not keeping her son safe. After her son spent a stint in NICU she developed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (or PTSD). As time passes, she still struggles when he gets sick and the symptoms of PTSD arise but she is learning to live with them and address them in a healthy way. Kristy-Lee hopes her experience can help others navigate a difficult birth.
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Meet Michaela

Michaela is a business owner and student Midwife, originally from Liverpool England, and now calls beautiful Melbourne her home. She lives there with her husband and two children Indiana and River. Michaela suffered Birth Trauma and PTSD as a result from her first birth with her daughter. After dreaming of a zero intervention water birth,  the opposite happened and she felt shame and guilt. Michaela felther mind and body were not respected. Michaela found that through ABTA, she was able to talk about what happened, which really helped.  She is so glad that you have found ABTA and hopes you are able to connect with one of our mentors and you can together begin to heal. 
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Meet Phoebe

Phoebe is a survivor of birth trauma. A long posterior labour ending with a C-section resulted in physical and emotional trauma after the birth of her first and only son. A lack of proper post-natal care and information meant that it took some years for Phoebe to get properly diagnosed and seek the treatment she needed for PTSD, pudendal neuralgia and pelvic floor dysfunction. Five years on, Phoebe has come across ABTA and offered her support, because she knows the value of timely information and wants to lend an empathetic ear for women suffering the trauma of birth.
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Meet Tamara

Tamara became passionate in supporting other parents after feeling disappointed, broken and alone following her own birth trauma experience. Tamara was diagnosed with placenta previa during her first pregnancy, and also suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness. Initially told she would have to have a caesarean section, Tamara was shocked and unprepared when instead she gave birth vaginally to her baby girl. Tamara and her husband both suffered psychologically from the traumatic vaginal birth, which required a prolonged induction with intense contractions, episiotomy, forceps delivery, manual placental removal and a post-partum haemorrhage requiring a blood transfusion. The impacts of the traumatic birth continued when Tamara required a night in ICU, separate to her baby and her husband. It has now been 2 years since this experience, and Tamara is feeling excited, informed and hopeful for a positive birth of her second daughter, who is due in February, 2021. Despite the difficulties Tamara faced in her traumatic birth experience and the time it has taken to overcome these, she is grateful it has given her understanding and empathy to enable her to support other parents who have experienced birth trauma.

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Meet Courtney

Courtney experienced gestational diabetes with a traumatic birth made up of a series of traumatic events including early induction, 10+ hours labour, emergency caesarean in which the epidural failed and a general anaesthetic was required, and a long road to physical recovery. She experienced severe post natal depression, anxiety and psychosis as well as PTSD. She sought support for her recovery through psychologists, her GP and the wonderful mentors in the peer2peer mentor program. She has found having this experience of trauma has given her the gift of being able to provide support and genuine understanding for new mums experiencing trauma and seeking hope.  

FAQ's

To access the service, simply request a booking by completing the appointment form at the top of this page. You can also request a particular mentor but please note that connecting with this mentor may not be guaranteed. Please allows at least 24 hours for us to arrange your chat time.

Before participating in the program it is important that you read our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions. As part of using this service you accept these terms and conditions.

While there is no set time limit for sessions please keep in mind the availability of the mentor. There is no limit to the number of times you can access the service however the service is intended for short term support. Our Peer2Peer Mentors may encourage you to seek professional support and will be able to direct you to a more appropriate service provider for professional counselling.

Before accessing the P2P Support Live Chat please read our Terms and Conditions.

If  you have a confirmed booking to chat with a mentor, simply select the Live Chat Peer2Peer Logo pop up in the bottom right hand corner of this page and register your first name and email address.

You can then start messaging a Peer2Peer Mentor like you would on Facebook Messenger or via SMS.

If you are trying to contact us and do not have a booking, you will be greeted by our offline message. You will be able to type a message to us and we will respond to you within 24 hours.

If you would like to book a time to chat with a mentor, please complete the booking form at the top of this page.

We are currently accepting expressions of interest from both men and women about becoming a Peer2Peer Mentor. Simply apply online using our online application form.

Mentor Applications

We are currently accepting expressions of interest from men and women 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.