The Birth Trauma Association (BTA) is a charity that supports parents experiencing psychological distress as a result of traumatic childbirth. About one in 25 women (30,000 a year in the UK) develop full-blown PTSD following childbirth, but many more experience some trauma symptoms. Fathers and partners too can develop PTSD as the result of witnessing a traumatic birth.
Peer support is core to the BTA’s offering. It has a 10,000-strong Facebook group, where parents can give each other help and advice, as well as a team of trained peer supporters answering emails. Later this year the charity will start offering phone support.
The BTA also collaborates with academic researchers investigating birth trauma, and provides input into policy-making, such as NICE guidelines. It also works with journalists to raise awareness of the impact of birth trauma.
Baby Lifeline is a unique national charity which promotes the safe care of pregnant women and newborn babies all over the UK. It does this by supporting and working with NHS professionals – buying equipment, developing and providing critical training, and conducting research.
Baby Lifeline trains thousands of maternity professionals annually in key areas shown to relate to avoidable harm in maternity across antenatal, intrapartum, and postnatal care.
The charity also provides much-needed equipment to support maternity and neonatal care. Its latest innovative project 'The Community Midwife Bag' aimed to standardise what was carried to home births, and how it was carried; the bags are co-designed with midwives and led by experts. The bags are now being provided across the UK.
Beyond Bea is a charity created to offer all students and healthcare professionals FREE baby loss and bereavement training.
Before SOFT UK was established in 1991, many families didn't know where to turn when they received a diagnosis of Trisomy 13 or Trisomy 18.
Our primary mission at SOFT UK is to ensure families can access support and information when they need it.
At SOFT UK we offer a free support service, run by Peer Support Volunteers with personal experience of Trisomy 13, Trisomy 18 or a related condition.
We provide support:
ARC is the only UK charity providing impartial information and support to women and families through antenatal testing and its consequences, including bereavement. ARC also works in partnership with health care professionals in the field, providing tailored training and support to help equip them to deliver high quality care.