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Can doulas help survivors of trauma give birth?

How can mums cope with mental health issues after trauma?

Victoria went through an abusive relationship and two traumatic emergency C-sections.

She developed anxiety, intrusive thoughts and flashbacks of the births.

"I had a rubbish, rubbish time after Shane (her son) was born," she said.

"I was stressed all the time and started having thoughts that someone was going to try and harm Shane."

Victoria enlisted Kati, a doula, to help her with her third pregnancy and birth. Kati was present for the birth of Amari, who was born at home.

Doulas are birthing assistants who are not medically trained.

"Particularly for women who have had previous traumatic experiences, it's so important that they feel in control," said Kati.

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