Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Birth – PATTCh

PATTCh is a collective of birth and mental health experts dedicated to the prevention and treatment of traumatic childbirth.

What is Traumatic Childbirth?
If a woman experiences or perceives that she and/or her baby were in danger of injury or death to during childbirth, her birth is defined as traumatic  –psychologically, physically, or both. Usually, she experiences extreme sense of helplessness, isolation, lack of care, fear, and anxiety (Beck, 2004a). Traumatic childbirth occurs in as many as 25 – 34 per cent of all births. Approximately one-third of those women may develop Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

We envision a world where women, infants and families experience optimal physical and mental health in pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.

The PATTCh board members are a group of psychotherapists, childbirth educators, doulas, researchers, and academicians who are dedicated to bringing together like-minded individuals to educate childbearing women and families and maternity care professionals; develop effective prenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care practices to prevent or reduce traumatic birth and post-birth PTSD; and identify and promote effective treatments to enhance recovery.