This page lists some online resources that may be helpful to those who have gone through childbirth trauma.

The list is purely informational. What is helpful and what is not will vary from one person to another. Information that is extremely helpful to some women may be distressing to others. And sometimes, it may be both.

Only you can decide for yourself what sources to trust and what advice to follow.




Other websites on birth trauma

www.tabs.org.nz
New Zealand site on traumatic birth and recovery

www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk
Birth Trauma Association of the UK

birthtraumacanada.org
Birth trauma information from Calgary, Alberta


Online forums

www.solaceformothers.org
Solace for Mothers, California


Vancouver counseling for birth trauma

www.annedietrich.ca
Dr. Anne Dietrich is a specialist in trauma and PTSD
with experience in birth trauma

Free iPhone Apps
(available from iTunes store)

PTSD Coach
By the US National Center for PTSD: www.ptsd.va.gov
Helps you learn about the symptoms
that commonly occur after trauma and
how to manage them.

PTSD App
Dictionary of PTSD terminology, definitions,
and therapies

Deciphering your hospital records

BC Perinatal Forms and Guidelines
Medical Records and Guidelines on How they are Completed (including some of the abbreviations used)


Online articles on birth trauma

http://www.sheilakitzinger.com/BirthCrisis.htm 
Sheila Kitzinger on birth trauma

navelgazingbirthstories.blogspot.com/2004/08/different-kind-of-pain-in-childbirth.html
“A Different Kind of Pain in Childbirth.” Navel-gazing Midwife

midwifethinking.com/2011/05/13/guest-post-when-birth-is-trauma
When birth is trauma

http://www.ilithyiainspired.com/2009/01/2009-year-of-birth-trauma-awareness.html
What is birth trauma

birthpsychology.com/free-article/psycho-technology-pregnancy-and-labor
The Psycho-Technology of Pregnancy and Labor,
by Thomas Verny

informedparenting.blogspot.com/search/label/Birth%20trauma
Birth Trauma posts from the Informed Parenting Blog

www.birthrites.org 
Links and info on recovering from traumatic birth


Other support

www.ican-online.org
International Cesarian Awareness Network. C-section prevention, recovery and advocacy.

postpartum.net
Postpartum Support International

www.eheart.com/cesarean
A site by, for and about those born by a C-section


Informed Consent

www.health.gov.bc.ca/library/publications/year/2011/health-care-providers'-guide-to-consent-to-health-care.pdf
A government directive describing how health care providers should obtain consent before performing medical procedures. Describes Advance Directives (p.16-19), a document that as of Sept 2011 women can use instead a Birth Plan, in order to have a legally binding document as to what they consent to during the birth and what they do not, ahead of time.

www.health.gov.bc.ca/hcc/advance-care-planning.html
Describes in more details Advance Directives and gives an optional form that can be used. The form is on p.50-51 in the following PDF:
www.health.gov.bc.ca/library/publications/year/2012/MyVoice-AdvanceCarePlanningGuide.pdf

Traditional birth attendants in BC

www.glorialemay.com
Gloria Lemay's website

www.morekajolar.com
Moreka Jolar's website


Other resources

www.scienceandsensibility.org
A Research Blog About Pregnancy and Birth

www.childbirthconnection.org

www.theunnecesarean.com

www.midwiferytoday.com

myobsaidwhat.com
My OB said WHAT?!?


www.sheilakitzinger.com

squatbirthjournal.blogspot.com

The Squat Birth Journal
A radical midwifery birth magazine

www.motherfriendly.org
Coallition for Improving Maternity Services
and the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI)

www.birthworks.org

rixarixa.blogspot.com
Reflections on pregnancy, birth, and mothering
A blog by Rixa Freeze

www.primalhealthresearch.com
Michael Odent's website
The effects of primal period (fetal life, perinatal period and year following birth) on health and personality traits in later life.

Bornfree: Unassisted Childbirth in North America
A PhD Dissertation by Rixa Freeze

fullmoonsdaughter.com

birthofanewearth.blogspot.com


Support Groups outside of BC

www.birthstars.org
Birth Trauma support group in Ottawa

www.bigbellyservices.com/birth trauma support group.htm
Birth Trauma support group in Seattle

Statistics and research studies

www.hospitalreportcards.ca
Hospital reports from the Fraser Institute
(including C-section and VBAC) for each hospital

www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/2008/cphr-rspc/pdf/cphr-rspc08-eng.pdf
Canadian Perinatal Health Report 2008
Public Health Agency of Canada

https://secure.cihi.ca/estore/productSeries.htm?pc=PCC226
Giving Birth in Canada - Reports
from the Canadian Insitute of Health Information (CIHI)

www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/2010/05/31/regional-differences-in-c-section-rate-not-a-result-of-maternal-request-ubc-study
UBC C-section study

Advocacy and Birth Activism  

www.aimsusa.org/laws.htm
Working with Other Consumer Groups to Get a Bill Enacted into Law

www.aimsusa.org/ppbr.htm
The pregnant patient bill of rights

www.motherfriendly.org
Coalition for Improving Maternity Serivces (CIMS)