External resources to help following a negative birth experience
Below are suggested websites, organisations and other resources which offer birth trauma support and which may help you on your healing journey. It's up to you to decide what support you need and if the person or organisation is right for you and your healing journey. Don't be shy to reach out for help and don't be shy to try another option if one doesn't quite work for you.
If you have a website or other resource which you feel would be useful to add here, please let us know.
Aotearoa/New Zealand organisations
An information site which covers birth trauma and, specifically, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) associated with birth trauma.
Information around maternal mental health; lots of resources for health professionals and families, including a list of symptoms for various perinatal mental health conditions.
An Australian website. The women who run Birth Talk are also the authors of “How the Heal a Bad Birth” – a brilliant book about healing after a traumatic birth experience.
This is a facilitated course which allows you to debrief your birth experience. Open to Mums and run in small groups meaning you can find support with other families.
Therapy & counselling
Specialising in birth trauma, this organisation offers face-to-face (Hamilton-based) and Skype sessions.
This organisation, based in Auckland, offers counselling around parenting challenges, including traumatic birth.
MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH
Government-funded, face-to-face counselling & support. See below for your maternal mental health regional contact.
0800 543 354 or (09) 5222 999 within Auckland.
This is a free, over-the-phone counselling service that operates 24hrs a day and 7 days a week.
Suicide Crisis Helpline
0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
0800 2694 389. Talk to a phone therapist who can give you support and help you understand anxiety and your experiences. This helpline is open all day, every day.
0800 299 100
This organisation provides support through trauma, loss and grief; 9am–5pm weekdays.
0800 111 757. Talk to a trained counsellor who can discuss your situation and find you the right support (tautoko). Help is available all day, every day. You can also text them (4202).
0800 568 856
This is for parents/whānau seeking support, advice and practical strategies on all parenting concerns. It is a confidential service.
If you need to talk to someone, freecall or text 1737. This connects you to a counsellor.
Dr Booth is an Auckland-based psychologist who specialises in Maternal Mental Health. Sarah has also joined with other colleagues to create 'Psychology for Mothers' - a group of psychologists who focus on challenges associated with mothering - including birth trauma.
Mothering honouring & birth story listening
Based in Manawatu, Unique Beginnings offers birth story listening - a safe space to share your story and debrief.
Ministry of Health
Maternal Mental Health: Regional contacts
- Auckland: 0800 43 43 44
- Bay of Plenty: 0800 333 061
- Canterbury: (03) 337 7708
- Counties Manukau: (09) 265 4000
- Far North District: (09) 408 2490
- Marlborough: 027 901 9807
- Nelson: (03) 548 3555
- Northland: 0800 333 783
- Otago: Maternal Mental Health - (03) 474 0999 ext 8717, or ask for Julie Coverson; Otago Mental Health Trust - 0800 364 462 for support on your journey.
- Palmerston North: (06) 350 8184 ask for Maternal Mental Heatlh
- Southern District: 0800 443 366 ext 8178 or ext 8320
- Taranaki: (06) 753 6139 ext 8963 or ext 8547
- Waikato: (07) 858 0924
- Waitemata: (09) 488 4634
- Wellington Capital and Coast: (04) 801 2960
- Whangarei (covers Mid North & Kaipara Districts): (09) 430 4101 ext 3537.
For more information about support and services available to you, contact the Mental Health Foundation’s free Resource and Information Service on 09 623 4812 during office hours or email email@example.com.
If you are in crisis and fear for your safety, your child's safety, or that of a loved one, please dial 111 immediately.