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Australasian Birth Trauma Association

The Australasian Birth Trauma Association (ABTA) is a national charity committed to reducing the instance and impact of birth-related trauma whilst supporting affected women, families and health professionals.

Vision and mission

The ABTA’s philosophy is to encourage a collaborative, multi-disciplinary and individualised approach to pregnancy, birth and postpartum care that recognises each woman’s life experiences, values, wants, needs and physical health requirements.

How Australasian Birth Trauma Association (ABTA) can help

By providing education, support and advocacy the ABTA achieves its key objectives:

  • To advocate for birthing women in Australia and New Zealand with an emphasis on pre and postnatal psychological and physical well-being.
  • To expand partnerships with health professionals and government bodies that will increase awareness of birth trauma and better coordinate prevention and treatment.
  • To support and promote research that is focused on proven approaches to identifying and handling birth trauma for the continued education of health professionals.
  • To improve the long-term well-being of the mother and families of those affected by birth trauma.
  • To provide education that furthers the knowledge and understanding of birth-related trauma in the community.

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This information was originally published on healthdirect - Australasian Birth Trauma Association.

Last reviewed: August 2020

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Physical Trauma - Birth Trauma

For many women who have suffered from physical trauma as a result of childbirth, and who are struggling to cope, is it vital that healthcare providers

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Birth After Birth Trauma - Birth Trauma

This is a question that we hear often. How can I have another baby?

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Early Postnatal - Birth Trauma

The early postnatal period is a time of emotional change for most women. Some women may experience distress or symptoms of depression at this time if they

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Family & Friends - Birth Trauma

If you are reading this then you may have someone close to you that has been impacted by a difficult birth experience, be it a partner, loved one or someone

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Information for Parents (to be) - Birth Trauma

First we want you to know that we are with you and we are here for you. You are not alone.Times are challenging, staying at home, working from home, home

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Postpartum Trauma Disorders (e.g. PTSD) - Birth Trauma

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is one of a group of trauma and stressor-related disorders. People often associate these with war veterans, police

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What is Birth Trauma? - Birth Trauma

The delivery of a baby is a positive event for many women, but for some it can be a mixed experience or even very negative, resulting in physical and/or

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Pelvic Floor Muscle Damage - Birth Trauma

The pelvic floor muscles are a supportive basin of muscle attached to the pelvic bones by connective tissue to support the vagina, uterus, bladder and bowel.

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Caesarean Section - Birth Trauma

Being abdominal surgery, pain in the early months is very common after a caesarean section (C-section) and needs to be managed with rest, pain relief, and

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