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.
The Core Team
Alongside side the core team, we have a network of 1000's of supporters attending our training, supporting our campaigns and advocating for our work. We are currently building some new structures into our network and soon it will include:
A board: To provide strategic governance, high-level networking, funding opportunities and executive leadership.
An expert reference group: To provide expert and lived experience insight on all topics relevant to birth trauma and our priorities.
Ambassadors: An actively engaged group who support with our campaigns, flyering, contacting their local services, social media take overs, fundraising and help at events. Sign up here.
Partners: A recognised group of organisations and individuals providing support for our work in a multitude of ways from gift in kind support, training facilitation, expert advice and financial contributions. Here's a list of a few of our partners - more to be added soon!