When the Australasian Birth Trauma Association (ABTA) was founded in 2016, one of our objectives included reducing the rate of birth-related trauma in Australia and New Zealand. Over this time, we have seen an increasing number of first-time parents seeking advice and guidance on birth preparation and we are frequently asked ‘How can we best prepare for our next pregnancy and birth’? by families who have previously experienced birth-related trauma.

In response to this need, and in line with our founding objective, we have developed THINKNATALTM, a series of educational resources aimed at providing support and information on a variety of topics that are often excluded or underrepresented in existing antenatal education. This is in collaboration with consumers and a range of clinicians involved in maternity care, such as midwives, obstetricians, pelvic health physiotherapists and mental health clinicians.

Our philosophy is to encourage a collaborative, multi-disciplinary and individualised approach to pregnancy, birth and postpartum care that recognises each person’s life experiences, values, wants, needs and physical health requirements and we encourage our health professionals to do the same.

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MODULE ONE - Perineal Tears

A perineal tear is a laceration of the skin, muscles and other soft tissues that separate the vaginal opening and the anus (back passage). Tears are usually graded by ‘degrees’ and you may hear the terms first, second, third or fourth degree tear. Each tear is described below, including usual treatments. Find our more about Perineal Tears here.

Available Resources include: 

  • Antenatal Perineal Tears, Care Video
  • Downloadable A4 Poster
  • Perineal Tears information and care provider discussion guide

Stop the Tear, Support and Care Video

Watch our short video about perineal tears, designed for you to start a meaningful conversation with your health provider about how you can reduce the risk of a significant tear occurring.

Perineal Tear Education A4 Poster

This poster is a free resource for health providers that support pregnant families, designed to be displayed in workplaces or used ti simplify conversations, or as an ice breaker.

Perineal Tear Information and discussion guide

You may wish to find further information by downloading this resource to use as a conversation prompt with your health provider.

Module One overview

Download out one page summary for our perineal Tears resources.

Illustrated by Guy Downes (c)


Part One - What is the pelvic floor video

Watch our short video about the function of the pelvic floor.

Part Two - The pelvic floor function in pregnancy video

Find out about the function of your pelvic floor during pregnancy.

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