MEET THE TEAM
The Make Birth Better network aims to raise awareness of birth trauma, campaign for changes to maternity services, create a platform for all of the varied experiences of birth, provide information for families and professionals and offer training and consultation to individuals and services. This volunteer network is a collaboration of passionate individuals from diverse backgrounds - parents with lived experience of trauma, medical professionals, mental health professionals, birth professionals, researchers and peer supporters - united in a common goal to Make Birth Better.
Dr. Rebecca Moore
Founder of Make Birth Better
and Perinatal Psychiatrist
I'm a perinatal psychiatrist working in London, with experience spanning over twenty years.
My role incorporates working with and supporting women who have new onset or pre-existing emotional issues through pregnancy and up to a year after birth in the NHS and privately. This includes infertility, pregnancy loss, anxiety, depression, OCD and trauma.
I'm passionate about my job and have developed a particular interest in birth trauma. I founded the Birth Trauma conference, running annually in London - and founded the Make Birth Better Network in early 2018.
I am also training to be an integrative practitioner and see exercise, diet, movement, meditation and stress management as key parts of my treatment approach. I like women to lead and own their care and work collaboratively with each woman to develop a bespoke plan for them.
Dr. Emma Svanberg
Founder of Make Birth Better and
Perinatal Clinical Psychologist
I am a perinatal clinical psychologist working in private practice in North London, having worked previously in the NHS in primary care perinatal services.
As well as working therapeutically with parents and parents-to-be, I run a supportive group for parents in North London. I'm a keen writer and campaigner, and use social media to raise awareness of common perinatal mental health concerns. I also trained as a hypnobirthing teacher and am the Perinatal Mental Health Advisor for the Positive Birth Movement, and am on the Advisory Group for the Parent Infant Partnership.
I set up the first Make Birth Better campaign during Birth Trauma Awareness Week in 2017 and co-founded the Network with Becca in early 2018. I believe that birth can and should be a positive and empowering experience for women and their partners, and the staff who look after them should be properly supported to achieve this aim.
We have an extensive network of over 150 members from many different backgrounds, who contribute to our research and campaigns.
All our members volunteer their time in order to give a broad range of opinions and experiences on the topics and issues we cover. Many of the network work within NHS and private maternity services, others have lived experience of birth trauma and we also have contributors from other associations and charities who also want to see better births for all.
We actively welcome contributions from all walks of life and are particularly keen to include more BAME and LBGTQ+ families and those with disabilities - please get in touch on if you would like to take part.
Make Birth Better Ambassadors are a network of volunteers who help us to spread awareness and learning about trauma and recovery. If you are passionate about helping others find the support they need, please contact us to be an Ambassador.