Peter Dietz is a father of two teenage sons and married to Susanne, a midwife, who works with him both clinically and in research. He is also an obstetrician and gynaecologist and a RANZCOG-certified subspecialist in Urogynaecology. Professor Dietz is an internationally renowned expert in pelvic floor imaging and the prevention and treatment of maternal pelvic floor trauma related to childbirth. He has over 30 years’ experience in studying pelvic organ support structures and is recognised for his pioneering research in the field.
Every day he sees the consequences of birth trauma and its life-altering effects on mind and body. The most frustrating aspect of his clinical work is that most doctors and midwives still do not understand how seriously mothers can be affected, either physically or mentally, by traumatic childbirth.
As a result, Professor Dietz works tirelessly towards raising awareness of these consequences and driving change in order to reduce negative outcomes. His work recognises that loss of dignity, hostile attitudes of clinicians and friends, feelings of ‘not being heard’, or the absence of informed consent to medical procedures contribute to psychological compromise during the postnatal period. The sad truth is that many women feel alone or unsupported in their early days of motherhood, especially after traumatic birth experiences. Professor Dietz’ vision is to change the way these women are treated and increase the support for them as postpartum mothers.