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This is an Australian group which supports women following birth. They
say "Come here to tell us your story. Was your birth all you hoped
for? Have you experienced a traumatic birth? Did you feel violated and
devastated by the experience? We are building a community to support one
another. Some of us are recovering from PTSD caused by birth trauma. Some
of us have also experienced Postnatal Depression."
against medical accidents
Action against medical accidents
is an independent charity which promotes better
patient safety and justice for people who have
been affected by a medical accident. A 'medical
accident' is where unintended harm has been
caused as a result of treatment or failure
to treat appropriately.
is a website providing emotional
support for parents with a disabled child. Many parents
of disabled children or children with special needs face
additional associated challenges in practical, physical
and emotional terms.
on Postpartum Psychosis (APP)
APP is a network of women across the UK who have experienced postpartum
psychosis and who want to increase and support research into the condition.
APP is run by a team of academics and health professionals from Cardiff
and Birmingham universities and, most importantly, women who have recovered
Association for Improvements in Maternity Services - They provide excellent
information about birth and are happy to receive feedback from women
about their experiences. A good source of advice about how to complain
about your hospital treatment.
AIMS also operate in Ireland - AIMS
An on-line support group for survivors of Amniotic Fluid Embolism. We consider
survivors to be not only women who are AFE victims and live, but also families
and friends of women who did not survive. AFE is often just as traumatic
for a woman's family and friends.
Have you experienced awareness during caesarean section? Anaesthetic Awareness
Network of UK and Ireland is a support and information network and also
campaigns for prevention and wider awareness of the problem.
of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women's Health
Members of ACPWH specialise in the physiotherapeutic care of women in relation
to childbirth, both antenatally and postnatally, including the teaching
of antenatal classes, in the treatment of incontinence (both female and
male), and in the care of women undergoing gynaecological surgery.
ASSIST is a registered charity dedicated to offering confidential, emotional
and practical support to individuals and families affected by trauma.
Baby Lady is a unique concept created by Jillian
Lawrence to help take the fear out of pregnancy,
birth and parenting. Some women and their partners
have added complications these may be previous infertility,
pregnancy or baby loss, past difficult birthing experiences
or a difficult personal parenting experience. The
Baby Lady offers support, empowerment, education
and coping strategies, through person centered individual
sessions, couple sessions and informal, fun courses.
Some great information and access to the 'birth crisis' network who offer
BLISS, the premature baby charity, is dedicated
to ensuring that the babies get the best care wherever
they are born and that their parents and families get
the support they need.
This is a support charity for premature babies that currently sends tiny
clothes, blankets and sadly burial outfits, to special care baby units.
Also supports parents.
Birth and VBAC Information
Gina and Debbie’s excellent site offer research-based information
and support on all aspects of caesareans and vaginal birth following caesarean
a site with balanced information about c/sections and
the risks of c/s as against vaginal births.
Joanne Wren is an experienced Clinical Hypnotherapist and Thought Field
Therapy Practitioner who works with couples who are coping with birth trauma
and assists couples coping with stillbirth/neonatal loss. Joanne also helps
couples to to clear the emotional issues which undermine fertility, conception,
pregnancy and birth.
Doula UK is a network of doulas
run voluntarily by doulas.The network started
in February 2001 and it is a non-profitmaking
organisation. Its aims are to promote the role
of doulas, to improve communication between
doulas, and to advance understanding of birth
and the postnatal period
been created by journalist Pauline McDonagh, who believes
that we can only make an ‘informed choice’ about
our birth if we are provided with more information
to make that choice.
Erb's Palsy Group
The Erb's Palsy Group offer advice and information on the injury Erb's
Palsy / Brachial Plexus Paralysis. The majority of Erb's cases are due
to a birth trauma.
Palsy Group Friends UK
Erb's Palsy Group Friends UK. An online support community for people with
Erb's Palsy and their family and friends.
the Developing Lead Body for Antenatal Teachers and
providers of antenatal education in the United Kingdom.
It is a non-profit body and services to parents are
free of charge.
Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is
a debilitating disease of pregnancy marked
by moderate to severe nausea/vomiting that
causes rapid weight loss, malnutrition and
dehydration in the mother, and unknown consequences
for their unborn child(ren). The HER Foundation
are a non-profit foundation dedicated to hyperemesis
gravidarum (HG) research and education, and
to supporting those who are suffering from
HG or have survived it. They have some great
information on PTSD.
An independent midwife's site run by a
midwife who has had alot of experience dealing with
women who have suffered previous traumatic births.
If you have distressing memories
of childbirth, then a hypnotherapist may
help you. Using a combination of different techniques
they can help turn an active memory which triggers
you to relive the birth into a "remember" hurt.
Search the site to find a qualified hypnotherapist in
Bingley Memorial Foundation
The Joanne Bingley Memorial Foundation is a
new organisation, which aims to help women and their
families by raising awareness and providing information
about postnatal depression.
The Foundation was set up by Chris Bingley after
his wife committed suicide at the end of April 2010
as a result of severe postnatal depression; just
10 weeks after the birth of their baby.
Information and Resource Service) is an educational
charity set up in 1985, providing information and
practical resources to maternity healthcare professionals.
An excellent source of information
for midwives and parents.
'By parents - for parents', this site
has a wealth of information and helpful advice on all
aspects of parenting. Mumsnet is an online network
of parents pooling their knowledge on everything from
how to get a baby to sleep through the night to the
best places to go on holiday with a five-year-old.
Visit mumsnet for advice, tips and product recommendations
from the people who know best, other parents.
National Childbirth Trust
Really needs no introduction, the NCT offers support in pregnancy, childbirth
and early parenthood and aims to give every parent the chance to make informed
||Neonatal Alloimmune Thrombocytopenia (NAIT)
A genetic disorder that can affect fetuses or newborn
babies. When an unborn baby's platelets are not recognised
by the mother's body, she sometimes makes antibodies
which attach to the baby's platelets. This can cause
babies to bleed into their brain, stomach or spinal
chord, prior to or shortly after birth. Babies can
be at serious risk of brain damage or death.
Netmums is a unique local network for Mums (or Dads), offering a wealth
of information. Once you have registered on your local site you can access
details for all kinds of local resources, from child-friendly cafes to
childminders, places to go and much, much more. You can also chat with
local mums in the coffee house, read other mums local recommendations
and check out information on pre-schools or schools in your area.
This idea helps parents separated from their babies before meeting them.
When a baby is admitted to NICU, two different coloured ribbons (one for
each parent) are stuck on the incubator with sellotape. The ribbons are
sewn to a safety pin prior to supply to NICU so that they can be worn as
a lapel badge. These are then given to Mum and Dad on their first visit
to baby in NICU.
Instability Network (Scotland)
Pelvic Instability Network Scotland is a registered Scottish Charity founded
in October 2007 and run by a group of volunteers. Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP)
is the name given to pain in one or more joints of the pelvis and mobility
problems most commonly associated with pregnancy. It was formerly known
as Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction or "SPD" and these terms are still
regularly used. You may also see it referred to as "pelvic arthropathy" "pelvic
girdle relaxation","pelvic girdle dysfunction" ,"pelvic
ring syndrome", "posterior pelvic pain" and "sacro
iliac joint dysfunction". This site has a wealth of information about
The Pelvic Partnership is run by volunteers, all of whom have personal
experience of Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD). The Pelvic Partnership
aims to give information and support to minimise the impact of pelvic pain
on women, to prevent deterioration and to achieve a quick recovery.
||P.M.S. & P.N.D
P.M.S. & P.N.D Support was founded
in 1988 and is a voluntary organization run
by sufferers and ex-sufferers of Premenstrual
Syndrome and Post Natal Depression. It offers
excellent advice and support.
This is a mutual support and self help group for women who have suffered
traumatic births and post natal illnesses.
Forum Direct link: http://veritee.proboards7.com
Hemorrhage Survivors (PPH)
Women who are supporting each other after a postpartum hemorrhage and hysterectomy.
This is a private counselling
organisation which specialises in trauma treatment.
They have previously treated women who have
been traumatised by their birth experience.
SANDS is working to support bereaved parents and families, and to press
for improvements in care during pregnancy and when a baby has died.
Scope is a disability organisation in England and Wales whose focus is
people with cerebral palsy. For advice, information and support, email
at email@example.com or
call free on 0808 800 3333. Open 9am – 7pm weekdays
and 10am – 2pm Saturdays
If you have been told you are at risk of having a premature
baby, or if you have already had a premature baby,
you are likely to have lots of questions. Tommys pages
should help you find the answers.
and Birth Stress
This New Zealand group are pioneers in this area and have some fantastic
information on birth trauma.
UK Birth Research Network is set up to encourage
research into the psychological aspects of childbirth.
It is an excellent resource for those who would like
to become involved in research. Hopefully, it will
help to improve the outcomes for all women traumatised
by childbirth. It has a comprehensive list of the
latest available research and contact details of
lead researchers in the field.
Part of a charitable trust based in Hull, Newland & Avenue
Sure Start has developed a pioneering project to recruit,
train and match up volunteer Doulas with pregnant women
who need support at what can be a lonely and difficult