In this blog, women and their families share their experience of birth trauma. These stories are shared in their own voice and may be distressing to some readers.

Please take care to ensure you are ready to read these stories today and engage in the self-care and support you need to process what these stories bring up for you.

We tell these stories because many people find them helpful and it informs us all of the wide range of birth experiences families undergo.

“When there is one way, one story, learning is stunted. When we have more stories, we have more from which to learn. We see over and over again how choices, options, more stories, help us all.”

You can submit your story by emailing ABTA.


Photo of Carina and Baby

The Other Side – Carina’s Story

Trigger Warning: This birth story discusses trauma. Topics discussed include emergency theatre, C-Section, PTSD & preeclampsia. If you are seeking support for your birth trauma, we have

Postpartum PTSD – Kiera’s Story

Trigger Warning: This birth story discusses trauma. Topics discussed including; PTSD, difficulties with pain relief, and separation from baby; if you are seeking support for

Jo, Ben and their healthy duaghter after a traumatic birth and HELLP diagnosis

Birth with HELLP – Jo’s story

Jo shares her story in the hope to raise awareness of HELLP Syndrome, to highlight the importance of preparing your mind and body for birth and surrounding yourself with a supportive team.

Second Pregnancy and Birth During Covid-19

In this post, Madeleine shares her experience of pregnancy and birth after birth trauma, during the Covid-19 pandemic.If you are seeking support after experiencing birth-related