Welcome

Educating and equipping through compassionate connection

PEER SUPPORT

Mothers support each other in compassionate healing in our peer-to-peer counseling spaces

BIRTH TRAUMA FACTS

Learn about birth trauma and the effects of trauma on birthing families

PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES

Gather resources and references to compassionately support birthing families

ABOUT BIRTH TRAUMA ONTARIO

We are in the midst of a global health crisis and parents need an advocate

Research from around the world has informed us that the primary precipator of a traumatic birth experience is a breakdown in the relationship between the birthing client and her care providers. We act to bring awareness to this global health crisis by giving a platform for parents to share their experiences and to offer resources for parents and professionals to better understand the causes and the solutions for birth trauma.

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A few things we can offer

Whether you’re a parent or a professional Birth Trauma Ontario can support you

WHAT IS BIRTH TRAUMA

Birth trauma is an expression that usually refers to the experience of the birthing parent and it means the emotional, physical, psychological, spiritual, relational, and health-related consequences of a traumatic birth experience.

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THE EFFECTS OF TRAUMA

Trauma from any source affects the brain of the victim. There are changes to the structure and function of someone who is grappling with a traumatic experience. Thanks to MRI we can actually see the changes that occur deep in the brain.

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FOR PARENTS

We’ve all heard birth horror stories. Sadly, we dismiss these as “war stories” and tell these mothers to stop scaring new parents. The trouble is, their births were awful. In fact, one in three parents says that their birth experience was traumatic.

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FOR PROFESSIONALS

Empathy for the client is at the core of trauma-informed care. Empathy is client-centred and benefits both the practitioner and the client. It not only reduces burnout, but it increases clinical accuracy and patient wellness!

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Latest Posts

Birthing after Trauma – Seeing the Bigger Picture

It Begins with a Mistrustful Client It’s frustrating for care providers when their client comes armed with a 10-page birth plan, an army of doulas, and a mistrustful and hostile[…]

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Disrespectful maternity services – on the cusp of a breakthrough

In September 2018, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists released a news item: In response to recent media reports, the SOGC feels it is timely to remind women of their[…]

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An open letter to the CEO of the SOGC

An open letter to the CEO of the SOGC who denies ever having encountered the issue of disrespect and abuse in maternity services: Jennifer Blake, CEO The Society of Obstetricians[…]

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