We speak to Sophie Walker - the founder of the Australian Birth Stories Podcast, who tells us more about the country’s maternity crisis.

Women In Australia Experience Ongoing Maternity Crisis

Australia’s maternity crisis is an ongoing issue as research reveals that up to one in three Australian women have experienced birth trauma. 

In Australia’s regional areas, there is an increasing rate of maternity crisis due to the collapse of rural hospitals and a lack of specialist obstetricians. 

Pregnant women are forced to travel hours to seek healthcare, taking the risk of giving birth on the side of the road. 

On today’s Briefing, co-host Katrina Blowers interviews Sophie Walker, the founder of the Australian Birth Stories Podcast, taking a deep dive into the country’s maternity crisis.  

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“I started the podcast after I had my second son, and I had a really challenging first birth, and I’d consider it traumatic. So I fell into that category of one in three Australian women that have a traumatic birth.”

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