Services for Parents - Traumatic Birth Recovery


The Practitioners listed on the directory on this website have all undertaken TBR training  and can offer the following services to parents:


Listening or debriefing service


Very often after a difficult or traumatic event people have a desire to revisit and talk about what happened. Sometimes this desire is frequent and can feel like the event is stuck on loop in ones mind. It is important if you wish to tell your story, whether compulsively or to begin to process of understanding what happened, that the person who is listening is trained in how to listen without re-traumatising, re-triggering or gas-lighting you.


Unfortunately many healthcare providers aren’t trained but this is slowly changing. The practitioners listed on this directory are trained in how to listen to difficult or traumatic birth stories. They know how to make a listening service an opportunity to be heard, to have your feelings acknowledged and validated, to begin to understand how it may still be impacting on your day to day life and relationships and if appropriate to begin the process of feeling differently. If you request a debrief at your hospital then ask if the person facilitating that service has received trauma informed training.


A good listening service has the potential to ignite healing and bring relief. When choosing  a practitioner from this web directory be sure to speak to them either personally on the phone or by email to ensure that you feel comfortable talking to them and can trust them.

TBR 3 Step Rewind


This service is usually offered over 3 sessions and session by session, step by step the process aims to lift trauma symptoms. With this break in symptoms there is an opportunity to begin thinking, feeling and responding differently in ways of your choosing that are more serving.


Here is typically what you can expect session by session:


Step 1, session 1 – usually 90 minutes – to have your story heard (should you want to tell it, you don’t have to if you don’t want to), to understand how it is still impacting on your day to day life now and how you would like to feel if these feelings/ways of responding were lifted. Practice of relaxation and imagine your future free of those feelings whilst deeply relaxed.


Step 2, session 2 – usually 60 minutes – to use Rewind to re-process the memory of your birth so it no longer holds any emotional charge or anxiety. To experience your future solution state whilst deeply relaxed.


Step 3 session 3 – usually 60 minutes – to check back in that those changes have taken place. To focus on building confidence and resilience so that you no longer feel like you are owned by what happened and are able to begin enjoying your life again.

Understanding Perinatal Anxiety


This is usually delivered over a series of 3 sessions (sometimes more) and looks to address the following:


  • Understanding perinatal anxiety
  • Looking at any behavioural, environmental and cognitive contributors to anxiety
  • Challenging beliefs that are holding anxiety in place
  • Looking at the anxiety toolkit: journaling, relaxation, meditation,
  • Establishing a practice that supports balance, calm and peace of mind



Some TBR practitioners hold additional therapeutic qualifications, such as counsellor or hypnotherapist, however the majority do not. Most practitioners are birth professionals or pre and post natal specialists who have undertaken TBR specialist training. Their experience lies in understanding the challenges of the perinatal life stage, the devastating impact of perinatal trauma and process of pregnancy and birth from variety of perspectives. As such they are uniquely placed to serve parents who are experiencing distress due to trauma or anxiety. Many have additional, valuable skills and services which might be beneficial for you to access such a independent midwifery, doulaing, massage, hypnobirthing and so on.


As well participating in training all practitioners have passed the assessments required to attain Practitioner status and regularly attend supervision.


All practitioners have a signed a Code of Conduct & Ethics agreement which you can read here.


It’s a good idea to make contact with a practitioner either via phone call or email and get a sense of whether they are a good match for you. Ask yourself can you trust this person? Do you feel confident in their ability to support you as you learn, heal and grow?