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PEER2PEER SUPPORT PROGRAMS

Our Peer2Peer Support program is a safe space to share your birthing experience, free from judgement, free from opinion, simply free.

Why is the Peer2Peer Support Program needed?

The Peer2Peer Support Program was developed in response to feedback from the ABTA community. 

A need for the program is further demonstrated by the fact that one in three women identify their birth as traumatic [1], making physical and psychological birth trauma a major health issue in the community. Our members also report that parents who have a lived experience of birth trauma have a unique set of needs that are often not met by traditional mother’s groups/parenting groups. We have an amazing community of women who have received training to help support you – these are our Peer2Peer Mentors.

Program Objectives

We create safe spaces to share your birthing experience, free from judgment. Our range of Peer2Peer programs are available across Australia, offering different ways to connect, at the right time, space, place and pace for you. You can explore your own experiences in a supported way, through the normalising of discussing birth experiences. We know that you can be vulnerable after birth. We are here for you, however you prefer to connect.

Peer2Peer Chat

Connect with a Peer Mentor

Our Peer2Peer chat service connects you with a trained Peer Support Mentor. Mentors have a range of lived experiences. 

We want to connect with you when you are comfortable so we can give you the best support possible. Please let us know if you need a translator when you make your booking. National Relay Service (NRS) and Translation and Interpreting Service (TIS).

Peer2Peer Social

Connect with others

Join our private Facebook group. We are very proud of this support group as unlike many others it is a place of constant positive support and advice from others with a lived experience of birth related trauma. No trolls, no unrelated content, simply support. Moderated by trained ABTA volunteers.

Peer2Peer Meets

Group Programs

Delivered face 2 face and online our ‘Meets’ program is supportive and informative, packed with content that will guide you towards your recovery. Over six weeks face 2 face and seven weeks online you will connect with other local parents who ‘get it’ giving you the opportunity to create a community of ongoing support.

register for Peer2Peer Meets

What people say?

I never realised how helpful it would be to chat to other like minded mothers about birth, yet after one chat, I certainly feel value in it'.
Participant of Peer2Peer Meets Online
Listening to your story made me feel I am not alone. And I no longer have to be alone healing through it.
Participant of Peer2Peer Live Chat
Listening to your story made me feel I am not alone. And I no longer have to be alone healing through it.
Participants of Peer2Peer Meets Online ​

peer2peers program frequently asked questions

Our groups are offered online and in person.

Online sessions are 1.5 hours. In-person sessions are 2 hours. 

Children are most welcome at our in person sessions. 

Programs are run periodically and advertised via our social media channels and on this page. See above for the scheduled programs and registration. 

All support services provided by ABTA are completely FREE! We are blessed with volunteers who themselves have had a lived experience of birth related trauma and selflessly give their time to support others.

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. 

P2P Meets BRISBANE face 2 face registration

Based on restrictions and updates, we are planning to hold three face2face P2P Meets sessions throughout the year. Locations are likely to be Geebung, Mount Gravatt and Caboolture. Book your place now from July – December 2022.

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