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 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.
ABTA seeks to assist women and their families after a traumatic birth by providing them with the information, resources, and support required to manage their symptoms while raising a family, participating in the workforce and being active in their community. Key activities include:
•Raising awareness of physical and psychological birth trauma and the significant consequences for the woman and her family
•Working with obstetricians, physiotherapists, mental health experts, midwives and urogynaecologists to prevent or address these injuries more effectively.
•Supporting affected women and families.