The top 3 reasons your 'good' birth left you feeling so broken

by Carla Sargent


If the mother and baby are physically fine, the birth is deemed a success. Never mind the mother who feels violated, disrespected, unheard, scared and powerless as she attempts to safely bring her baby into the world. The professionals aren't concerned with those aspects of her experience, so who is she to expect anything more than a healthy baby at the end of what has become a harrowing ordeal? She has learnt that her needs are selfish wants, and that she is merely a faulty vessel from which her baby is to be forcefully extracted.

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What causes so much birth trauma?

by Carla Sargent


How well are women set up to make positive birth choices for themselves? How well respected are women's birth choices? How compassionate, kind and respectful are the care providers who support birthing women? Are women made aware of their rights and responsibilities, and those of their care providers, prior to labour? Because overwhelmingly, for the majority of women who share their traumatic birth stories with me, it is the disempowerment they experienced through disrespectful, negligent, coercive, or just plain insensitive care, that ultimately results in a traumatic birth experience. It isn’t about how or where they end up giving birth so much as it is about the lack of compassion, respect and support they encounter in that process.

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