Who is the Australasian Birth Trauma Association?

The Australasian Birth Trauma Association (ABTA) is a charitable organisation that is committed to promoting the prevention and treatment of birth-related trauma. Our vision is for safer births and better healing.

We offer support services to women, partners, and non-birthing parents who have experienced birth-related trauma and address the unmet needs of birthing families throughout Australia. Additionally, we advocate for improved support systems for individuals who have witnessed birth-related trauma in their workplaces.

Visit our website to find out more about the ABTA.

By enrolling in our program, you join a community committed to creating safer birth environments, preventing trauma, and supporting those affected. Gain the skills to identify at-risk individuals, provide effective debriefing, and understand the power of trauma-informed care.

Our courses address the global challenge of underdiagnosed and undertreated birth-related trauma, offering you the knowledge and confidence to make a meaningful impact.

Meaningful Training

Feature: Join a collaborative community of health professionals, birth workers, and individuals passionate about perinatal care.

Benefit: Connect with diverse voices and perspectives, including the voices of women and families with lived experience, experts in the field, and professionals directly impacted.

Compassionate Learning

Feature: Knowledge is power, and strategies within our courses are immediately applicable in your professional practice.

Benefit: Gain authentic insights, fostering better understanding and empathetic communication in your professional environment.


Feature: ThinkNatal is driven by the voices of those with lived experience who have personally navigated birth-related trauma alongside their partners and health professionals.

Benefit: Access actionable tools to swiftly prevent, identify, and address birth-related trauma, strengthening your capacity to deliver impactful support to individuals and families.

Why is our ThinkNatal training so important?

Birth-related trauma is a significant and ongoing issue, not just in Australia but globally. Research suggests that in Australia, between 30% and 48% of women identify their birth as traumatic. With 309,996 registered births in Australia in 2021, this equates to over 103,000 women and families potentially impacted by birth-related trauma every year.

It is often underdiagnosed and undertreated, which highlights the need for greater awareness and support in this area.

While some birth-related trauma experiences are unavoidable, many experiences are avoidable and preventable. From personal stories and academic research, we understand that various issues contribute to experiences of birth-related trauma. 

There is an urgent need for enhanced awareness, support, and reform to address the distressing impact of birth-related trauma on women, birthing people, fathers, non-birthing people and health professionals. 

By prioritising physical health, mental health and emotional well-being, we can pave the way for a safer, more supportive, and trauma-informed approach to maternity care.


I wanted to express my heartfelt gratitude for the insightful presentation on birth trauma. As a birthing service, we found the information you shared incredibly valuable. Your ability to convey complex information in a clear, compassionate and engaging manner is truly commendable. I appreciate the way you incorporated real-life experiences, bringing the woman’s voice to this topic. Your expertise and passion for the subject were evident throughout the presentation, and I left feeling both educated and inspired. I will certainly encourage my colleagues and new parents to attend similar presentations.


Jenny Ryan, Director of Maternity Services, The Royal Women's Hospital


“I wanted to share a huge thank you to the Australasian Birth Trauma Association for their incredible presentation at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital-Birthing Services. The presentation provided current research, education and training. We were able to up-skill in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of birth-related trauma. It was also an opportunity for us midwives to remember to support ourselves in a safe environment free from judgement.

I look forward to continuing to work with Amy and the Australasian Birth Trauma Association.


Karen Twohig, Clinical Midwifery Educator, Royal Price Alfred Hospital

Supported by our Training Sponsor Maliganis Edwards Johnson

Supported by our Training Sponsor Maliganis Edwards Johnson