Support Groups

Cesarean/VBAC support groups are listed on for the valuable social and psychological support they provide: sharing birth stories, expressing personal views in an open and safe forum, and exchanging information and resources. No responsibility however is assumed for the accuracy of the information provided, medical advice given or suggested on the sites, content from the links provided, nor any email lists or chat groups that may originate from the websites.

International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc., USA

ICAN is a non profit organization which provides information and support to women and men who want to be actively involved in experiencing and planning birth.

Local ICAN chapters and members across the United States and other countries provide the opportunity to express childbirth-related feelings, information to help plan future births and VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) and information to avoid unnecessary cesarean sections. Chapters may hold monthly meetings with speakers, videos and discussions addressing various childbirth related topics. The national newsletter, The Clarion, includes informative articles and inspiring birth stories.

Solace for Mothers

Solace for Mothers provides healing after traumatic childbirth through support. Support—in the form of a free telephone call with a trained peer counselor, in-person facilitated meetings to listen to and share birth-related stories in a safe and confidential setting, as well as referrals to community resources.

Postpartum Progress

Postpartum Progress offers the latest research and an unflinching look at what it is truly like to experience postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, postpartum OCD, postpartum psychosis, and antenatal depression & anxiety. It features daily news and stigma-busting commentary, as well as a continuously-updated list of support groups around the country, personal stories from moms, photos of survivors, and links to major support organizations and top treatment programs

Birthrites, Australia

Healing After Caesarean aims to provide a worldwide support network for women who have had a previous c/section and to increase the awareness of these women’s needs to their health-carers within the medical profession.

Trauma and Birth Stress, New Zealand – PTSD After Childbirth

Some women who give birth by cesarean experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms (PTSD). Mental health professionals as well as medical providers have identifyed the experience as “Birth Trauma.” Birth Trauma is also experienced by some women who have natural births.


A mother who had her first child by cesarean writes, “Many women think that the feelings they have after a cesarean are wrong and they are afraid to share them with others, even loved ones. It has inspired me to create a place where these women can vent, share poetry, artwork, cesarean and VBAC birth stories and anything else that helps them through those painful feelings.”

CARES SA – Caesarean, Awareness, Recovery, Education, Support, South Australia

We aim to provide balanced, respectful and up-to-date information in regards to Caesarean Birth and Vaginal Birth After Caesarean. Our focus is on women healing from a previous traumatic or upsetting birth experience by caesarean, and helping women to achieve an empowering birth experience for their future births.


VBAC Hope is a Christian list offering support and hope for women facing all aspects of Cesarean and VBAC, including HBAC (home birth after cesarean). This list is open to all, but it is a distinctly Christian list, and we expect that the tenets of the faith will be respected. So many of us believe that we went through the traumas of a section to be able to help others avoid an initial section and/or a repeat.

Caesarean Birth and VBAC Information, Great Britain

We offer research-based information and support on all aspects of Caesarean and vaginal birth following Caesarean sections. We are able to sympathetically support a wide range of women’s needs around Caesarean issues. We are used to dealing with those wishing to opt for and elective Caesarean section to those who wish to avoid a Caesarean even when an operative delivery may appear to be an obvious choice. We can offer one-to-one telephone support and written information including a comprehensive reading list, a wide range of articles and research papers.

Birth Crisis Network, Great Britain

The Birth Crisis Network is a help line that women can ring if they want to talk about a traumatic birth. …Many women who are suffering from having been disempowered in birth are treated by GPs with anti-depressant drugs, when what they really need is to be able to talk with someone who understands, who does not try to explain or justify the treatment they received, or to criticise them and the way they feel about what happened to them, and who knows how to listen reflectively.

Birthtalk, Australia

Birthtalk was officially born in 2002, with the banding together of Debby Gould, Karen Hoffman and Melissa Bruijn – three women passionate about birth, each with a different area of interest. Debby, as a midwife and mum, had seen how amazing birth could be, and how this impacted upon women’s entry into motherhood, and wanted to educate women before they were in labour, to increase their chances of a positive experience. Karen had experienced a caesarean followed by a homebirth VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean), and wanted women to hear those positive stories of birth that are rarely heard, but which can encourage a woman’s belief & understanding that her body is made for this job. And Melissa had experienced a traumatic emergency caesarean, then found herself isolated, unheard and unable to find support, and knew there needed to be a place for women to receive support and validation, without anyone saying “At least you have a healthy baby”.

Birth Trauma Association, U.K.

The Birth Trauma Association (BTA) was established in 2004 to support women suffering from Post Natal Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or birth trauma. We are not trained counsellors or therapists or medical professionals. We are mothers who wish to support other women who have suffered difficult births and we aim to offer advice and support to all women who are finding it hard to cope with their childbirth experience.

C-Section Support, U.K.

C-Section Support’s aim is to serve as a place of support for women and their families who have suffered trauma as a result of a caesarean section delivery. Many women feel an overwhelming sense of sadness after a c-section.  It is common to have feelings of grief for a ‘natural’ delivery and to feel that you have somehow failed at womanhood.  In a number of cases women feel unsupported by health professionals and this can leave them feeling very distressed and isolated.  As a result, women can go on to develop Post Natal Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and in some cases Post Natal Depression. This site has been set up to offer women a place of comfort and understanding.  Somewhere to share your thoughts and experiences with others that fully understand how you are feeling.

Vancouver Birth Trauma, Canada

This website is dedicated to the survivors of birth trauma.  It offers information and a way for women from the Vancouver area to connect with each other in order to recover from their trauma and to seek ways to change the political, societal and health care systems that caused their trauma in the first place.

Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth

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).