Amy is the mother of two beautiful daughters. She had her first child in 2013 and like many women, she did not identify that she was suffering from birth trauma until she was 16 months postpartum. It was then she was diagnosed with a bilateral levator ani avulsion (pelvic floor muscle torn off the bone) that eventually resulted in prolapse.
As a result, Amy understands first-hand how it feels to have a compromised quality of life and this fuels her desire to help other women. She is passionate about raising awareness of birth trauma by speaking out about her life altering injuries sustained through childbirth. She is also using her journey as a map to assist women who find themselves in a similar situation, and to educate health professionals to better identify those mothers most at risk and enable them to provide the best support available.
Amy’s vision is to break down the stigma attached to pelvic floor dysfunction and empower women to feel comfortable speaking out in order to continue driving change for those women deeply affected by birth trauma (#breakthesilence).
Amy is available to speak both Internationally and Nationally
Amy was invited to speak upon recommendation at the Childbirth and Parenting Educators Association Inc. (CAPEA) conference in November 2018. The theme of the day was “generating connectedness through childbirth and parenting education”. Amy was truely inspiring and engaged the audience very quickly. The words she spoke of her own story were factual and elicited an emotional response from the audience. But Amy was in charge of this the whole time. She addressed the theme of the day with stories from her website. In all, Amy reached a new audience with candour and professionalism and she represented the women of birth trauma with integrity. Amy is a valuable asset to all conferences that include women’s health. Jacqui Gillian – Vice President CAPEA NSW
“Amy Dawes delivered a very engaging presentation about her personal patient experiences. She captivated the large audience of healthcare professionals, and both her story and her challenge to the audience for change, resonated with many” Dr Kellie Tathem, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist (FRANZCOG).
“Amy has such an engaging presence. She was able to strike a balance of providing the ‘real’ impact of birth trauma, whilst conveying succinctly the ways we need to work collaboratively to raise awareness, prevent and treat physical injuries sustained at birth”.
Dr Jan Smith – Healthy You, UK
“I have seen Amy Dawes present several times to a professional audience and then earlier this month, I asked Amy to present as Keynote to my event – A Day For Women By Women. Amy invites the listener to walk in her shoes. Her story is powerful and moving and highlights some very real issues that expectant mothers are facing in Australia today. A Day For Women By Women was a public audience, (as opposed to a professional) and Amy modified her message to ‘Being comfortable with uncomfortable’– the message remained powerful, but also delivered hope, and much needed information that all women should have. I highly recommend Amy to present across all audiences and bringing recognition to the amazing and much needed support to the work of ABTA”. Michelle Wright – Owner and Creator of Women’s Health and Fitness Summit and A Day For Women By Women
“Amy Dawes presented at our State Conference in March 2018. I asked her to speak about her personal birth experience in her capacity as Founder & Director of the Australasian Birth Trauma Association. Amy’s presentation was deeply personal, moving and engaging for the whole audience. Many health professionals commented to me afterwards about how powerful and educational her message was. I would have no hesitation endorsing Amy as a speaker on the importance of informed decision-making for pregnant women.” Sue Croft Physiotherapist, CFA