One in 10 women suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder following childbirth. Will you help support them?
Stillbirths, near death experiences, severe physical injuries and other childbirth-related traumas are all too common. These traumas can have a huge impact on the mental health of women. Unfortunately, the best way to support recovery is unclear due to the current lack of research.
Clare is one of many women who have gone through a traumatic birth
“The birth of my first child was very traumatic. After a long and difficult delivery, my son and I were then separated for hours. I was confused, scared, and in significant amounts of pain. Whenever I did try to communicate with various medical staff I was always brushed off with the same reply ‘Oh well, you have a healthy baby, that's all that matters’. It was very diminishing and led me to resent the hospital and staff. My recovery from the birth took many months, and I felt like everyone was fixated on my physical recovery. When I was finally referred for psychological support, I felt misunderstood by the male psychiatrist – he also took the view that I had a healthy baby and that was what mattered – and he sent me off after a single session. It took a long time for me to recover from my traumatic birth, and even years later at the birth of my second child it was difficult. We need more awareness around traumatic birth, and we urgently need better care for women who have experienced it.”
These traumas can have a huge impact on the mental health of women. Unfortunately, the best way to support recovery is unclear due to the current lack of research.
Phoenix Australia aims to change this
In 2020 we plan to offer free, evidence based psychological treatments for women who have developed PTSD after traumatic childbirth. This research will help us identify the best treatment for these women.
But we won’t be able to do this without your help.
We’re asking you to make a $10 donation to support women who have experienced traumatic childbirth. We’re aiming for $100,000 which will allow us to provide free treatment to 50 women attending our Traumatic Stress Research Clinic. Your $10 donation will help us reach this goal.
This festive season, give the gift of support and help change the lives of women who have experienced traumatic childbirth.
All donations are tax deductible. Receipt for donations will be emailed. More information about the Phoenix Australia Public Fund is available upon request.