While birth can be a joyous experience, many women suffer horrific physical and psychological trauma in pregnancy or labour, such as perineal tears, pelvic floor injuries, pelvic organ prolapse, haemorrhage, and post-traumatic stress disorders.
The fact that these women are dealing with coming to terms with the responsibilities of motherhood, along with the disabilities associated with birth trauma, makes them particularly vulnerable to developing chronic health conditions.
Kate Waterford, Special Counsel at MEJ, has a long interest in human rights, is currently completing her PhD in human rights law at the Australian National University and chairs the Australasian Birth Trauma Association.
This Birth Trauma Awareness Week, MEJ is proud to be supporting the Australasian Birth Trauma Association (ABTA) through donations to their WalkNTalk fundraiser.
ABTA works to support families who have experienced birth trauma, for safer births and better healing.
You too can support the fundraiser here: fundraise.birthtrauma.org.au/fundraisers/katherinewaterford/walkntalk
Find out more about Kate Waterford at mej.com.au/people/kate-waterford