The widespread issue is being probed in a landmark NSW inquiry that has received more than 4000 submissions.
The Australasian Birth Trauma Association co-founder Amy Dawes said while one-in-five women underwent an unplanned caesarean, and one-in-four births resulted in an instrumental delivery, women often weren’t equipped with that knowledge prior to going into labour.
Speaking to the committee on Monday, Ms Dawes used her own experience of being diagnosed with “life-altering” injuries due to the use of forceps during birth. She said it illustrated the importance of preparing women for all eventualities that could happen during birth.
Committee chair and upper house MP Emma Hurst said the volume of submissions indicated the importance and widespread issue of birth trauma.