Who Are We?
The Birth Trauma Association (BTA) was established in
2004 to support women suffering from Post Natal Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder (PTSD) or birth trauma. We are not trained
counsellors or therapists or medical professionals. We
are mothers who wish to support other women who have suffered
difficult births and we aim to offer advice and support
to all women who are finding it hard to cope with their
The BTA is the only organisation in the UK which deals
solely and specifically with this issue. We aim to tackle
the problem with work which is focused on three main areas:
(1) Raising awareness of birth trauma
(2) Working to prevent it
(3) Supporting families in need
We have four leading experts on our Board, a Board of
Trustees and an Executive Committee of committed activists.
In addition, we have many active professional and lay volunteers
whose skills range from administration to obstetric and
The BTA believes that too little is known about the psychology
of childbirth and this means that the mental health consequences
of it are all too often and, all too easily, ignored. We
also believe that, on occasion, the emotional needs of
women are sidelined or forgotten. We are very keen to have
the support of health care professionals for our work so
that we can campaign effectively to change any current
practices that contribute to traumatic birth experiences.
If you would like to become active at this level,
|Our current committee includes:
Dr Gwyn Bodger (Chair)
Gwyn is responsible for managing the executive
team and co-ordinating volunteers.
Maureen Treadwell is co-founder of the BTA. She
previously worked as a lecturer setting up her
own company. Maureen is our research officer and
our rep on various working parties and lay
panels e.g. UKOSS and MBRRACE
Kim Thomas is our press officer. She a
freelance journalist specialising in healthcare,
social care and education. Her work has appeared
in numerous magazines and newspapers, including
the Guardian and Financial Times. In 2013 she
published Birth Trauma, a guide aimed at helping
women experiencing post-traumatic stress
disorder after a difficult birth.
Janine is an experienced doula and manages
lots of the day to day running of the BTA.
Board of Experts
Our Executive Board includes leading figures in both research
and practice relating to birth trauma. We are able to turn
to them for professional advice and information on recent
developments and we are indebted to them for their invaluable
voluntary contributions. Our Board Members are:
- Helen Allott
Helen is a consultant obstetrician with a special interest in helping
women who have suffered from a traumatic birth experience. She runs
a Post Delivery Counselling clinic at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.
- Dr Susan Ayers
Susan is a Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology at the University of
Sussex. Her main interest is the development of post-traumatic stress
disorder after health events, particularly childbirth. She has undertaken
qualitative and quantitative studies of traumatic birth and published
widely on the topic.
- Judy Crompton
Judy Crompton is a trained midwife and trauma therapist, specialising
in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
- Sandra Gidley previoiusly an MP
and LibDem Spokesperson
for Women’s Issues
Sandra originally qualified as a pharmacist and it was her interest
in the Health Service that originally led her to become active in politics.
Sandra has been an antenatal teacher and is actively involved with
her local constituency hospital. Her parliamentary work included being
co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health.