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The British Birth Trauma Association

We are a charity that supports women who suffer birth trauma – a shorthand term for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after birth.


About 30,000 women a year, according to the most recent research, experience birth trauma in the UK. Instead of being joyful and happy, the experience of giving birth has been frightening. Perhaps the baby’s heart rate dipped, leading to an emergency caesarean section. Maybe you or your baby suffered injuries as the result of the birth. Or maybe you felt that you weren’t well looked after in labour, or you weren’t told what to expect. If something like this has happened to you, you might have felt scared that you or the baby were going to die. As with any other traumatic experience – a car accident, or a sexual assault, or seeing a bomb explode – a traumatic birth can lead to symptoms of PTSD: flashbacks, a sense of heightened anxiety, constantly feeling on the alert, avoiding anything that reminds you of the trauma. Birth trauma means that it can be difficult to bond with your baby. You may find your symptoms are triggered by reminders of the birth.


Witnessing someone else’s trauma can also be traumatic, so partners can experience PTSD too. We’re here to help people like you – if you want to know more about how we can help, please select the Parents menu from our website.


If you are a UK parent who has suffered birth trauma, please join our closed support group on Facebook.


Email or complete the contact us form on our website


Health professionals supporting parents with birth trauma can find information on our website


Telephone us on 01264 860380  (10 am - 5.30 pm Monday - Friday) - (Please note this is not the support line- general enquiries only)


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