As we come to the end of Birth Trauma Awareness Week, we wanted to showcase some of the amazing blogs our members have created to talk about their experiences of birth trauma. Unashamed and unafraid, these women’s blog posts about traumatic birth do so much to bring out into the open stories which are too often hidden away. Honest, frank, sometimes heartbreaking, always inspirational these blogs resonated so strongly with us that we wanted to share them with you. #BreakTheSilence
Read Sarah's blog, Every Mum Should Know, here. Sarah's post I had a Shit Birth. Here's Six Reasons Why I Really Want Others to Know went viral during Awareness Week, receiving more than 100,000 hits.
Read Ali’s blog post here and follow her as she seeks to raise awareness by sharing her story.
Read Emma’s post on birth trauma here, on her website Free From Farmhouse where she blogs about parenting, food allergies and countryside living
Lindsay’s blog, Have You Seen That Girl, tells her stories from the frontline of motherhood and recovering from postnatal depression. You can read her post about the birth of her son and her own mental health here.
Read GhostWriterMummy’s blog here, where she writes about pregnancy, parenting and birth trauma
Check out Samantha's blog, Never Enough Time here for stories shared about the joys and challenges of mothering and parenthood
Thank you for visiting our Birth Trauma Awareness Week pages.
Each year, up to 20,000 women go through a traumatic birth experience and suffer the often long-lasting impact this has on their physical and mental health, their ability to bond with their baby and their relationships with their family and friends. Partners can also suffer from post traumatic stress disorder as aresult of witnessing a traumatic birth. Many women and their partners who have been through birth trauma are left feeling isolated, unable to share their experiences and talk openly about what has happened to them. As the only UK charity focused on birth trauma, we at the BTA believe passionately that this needs to change.
Our Birth Trauma Awareness Week brought the subject of postnatal post-traumatic stress disorder out into the open. We gained widespread media attention, and BTA members’ stories featured in outlets such as the BBC and the Guardian. We were also included as a Mumsnet Guest campaign in August.
Extensive media coverage brought thousands of people to the website and hundreds of new members to our Facebook group. Articles by or about our members included:
Birth trauma: Women urged to ‘raise your voices’, BBC, 13 August, 2017
‘I feel a loss for what was supposed to be magical birth experience’, BabyCentre, 14 August, 2017
Severe birth trauma has left me terrified of having another child, The Guardian, 17 August, 2017
I had a shit birth. Here’s Six reasons I really want others to know, HuffPo, 18 August, 2017
Struggling after giving birth? You’re not alone, BBC, 19 August, 2017
I felt like a stranger in my own body, HuffPo, 20 August, 2017
'I would start to act as though I was giving birth again’, Good to Know, 26 August, 2017
Sharing Our Stories
For awareness week, we asked women to get in touch and send us their stories of birth trauma and the impact it has had on them, and their families. We have had an absolutely overwhelming response from so many women, and their courage in sharing their stories has been inspirational. You can read their stories for yourself by clicking on the menu on the right of this page.
Help us to raise funds
Many thanks to everyone who kindly raised funds for us during the awareness week - we're incredibly grateful. Fundraising doesn't end there, however. The Birth Trauma Association is almost entirely dependent on its supporters for the funds to run its programmes and campaigning. If you are interested in running a fundraising event at any time of the year, please download our Fundraising Pack here! It is filled with ideas and practical tips on running your own fundraising event. We've also put together an Awareness Day poster - click to download. It is fully editable so you can personalise it for your event, and designed for you to be able to print easily at home. If you do decide to run a fundraiser, please let us know - we would love to celebrate your success with you.
Thank you for your support.