Welcome to the Australasian Birth Trauma Association (ABTA). ABTA was established in 2016 to support women and their families who are suffering postnatally from physical and /or psychological trauma resulting from the birth process.
Aspects of the birth process, such as internal examinations, severe bleeding, emergency caesarean section, unwell baby, can be terrifying at the time and and trigger ongoing psychological problems, such as traumatic stress disorder (such as PTSD), anxiety and depression.
Recent research demonstrates that physical injury incurred during vaginal delivery can have similarly serious consequences, both physically and psychologically, and that such injuries are more common than previously acknowledged.
The woman’s partner may also experience psychological problems, including depression and stress disorder.