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Mother and Baby

"If I told my Health Visitor how I was really feeling they’d take my baby away from me…"

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 childbirth experience.

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 psychological expertise.

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.

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 MP, 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 includes being co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health.


  • Emeritus Professor Brian Toft OBE - PATRON
    BA (Hons), Dip Comp Sci (Cantab), PhD,

    Educated at the Universities of Lancaster, Exeter and Cambridge Brian Toft is Emeritus Professor of Patient Safety at Coventry University, visiting Professor of Patient Safety at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Chairman of the NPSA External Reference Groups for Safer Neuraxial Devices and holds several senior advisory positions including membership of the World Health Organisation’s European Regional Advisory Council on patient safety and healthcare.

    In 2001 Brian was the first non-physician to chair an external inquiry into the death of a patient in the National Health Service. He was presented with the Royal College of Radiologists Glyn Evans Memorial Lecture Medal for his work on ‘involuntary automaticity’ in 2006 and awarded an OBE for his services to healthcare in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

    Brian has published over 70 papers on the subject of risk management and patient safety. He is the lead author of Learning from Disasters: a management approach published by Palgrave Macmillan, a member of the USA Joint Commission International: International Editorial Advisory Board, the UK Editorial Boards of Risk Management: an International Journal and Emergency Management Review.


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