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The New South Wales Birth Trauma Inquiry recently concluded its final hearing at Parliament House in Sydney, shedding light on the harrowing experiences of women who have faced traumatic births. The inquiry, which received a substantial number of submissions related to birth trauma, provided a platform for mothers to share their firsthand stories of anguish and challenges during childbirth.

Among the testimonies shared during the hearing were accounts of mothers who were not informed about the death of their babies during childbirth, highlighting critical communication gaps in the medical system. Women recounted instances where they felt violated due to lack of consent for medical procedures and detailed the psychological distress they endured following traumatic births, with many receiving post-traumatic stress disorder diagnoses.

One of the key takeaways from the inquiry was the pressing need for improved psychological support for mothers grappling with birth trauma. Advocates and mental health professionals emphasized the importance of funding for free psychology sessions to help mothers navigate issues such as eating disorders and postpartum psychological challenges.

The inquiry’s findings underscored the far-reaching impacts of birth trauma and the urgent call for reforms in antenatal and postnatal care. As the committee prepares its final report and recommendations for the NSW government, it aims to address the systemic issues that contribute to traumatic birth experiences and advocate for better support mechanisms for affected mothers.


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Article Title: NSW Birth Trauma Inquiry told teenage mother kept in the dark about the death of her daughter in utero
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