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.
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.
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.
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.
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.