Kate Turtiainen

Progress starts with a step, how big will your step be?

I'm fundraising for a great cause!

This July, I'm taking on the BIG STEP challenge.  

I am doing this in support of safer births, better healing and raising funds to support the Australasian Birth Trauma Association (ABTA).

ABTA is Australia's peak charity dedicated to helping to prevent, diagnose, and treat birth-related trauma.  ABTA listens to the voices of birthing parents and responds to the unmet needs of families across Australia.

Birth-related trauma is any trauma or injury, whether physical or psychological, sustained at any time in connection with pregnancy, labour or birth, leading to short and/ or long-term negative impacts on an individual’s health and wellbeing.  Anyone can experience birth-related trauma, including mothers, people giving birth, fathers, non-birthing parents and other people witnessing a birth or providing care in relation to pregnancy and birth, including health professionals.

Up to 43% of mother's consider their birth experience to be traumatic.  The ripple effect of birth-related trauma is far-reaching, alongside mental health challenges, it may impact bonding with baby, self-esteem, intimate relationships, relationships with friends and family, ability to exercise, decisions to have more children, maintain a social life or the ability to return to work or care for their family.

You can help make a difference. Support my BIG STEP!

My Updates

Saturday 22nd - Day 7

Tuesday 25th Jul

Friday 21st - Day 6

Saturday 22nd Jul

Thursday 20th - Day 5

Saturday 22nd Jul

Wednesday 19th - Day 4

Saturday 22nd Jul

Tuesday 18th - Day 3

Wednesday 19th Jul

Monday 17th - Day 2

Tuesday 18th Jul

Sunday 16th - Day 1

Monday 17th Jul
8620 Steps

I'm stepping forward!

Wednesday 12th Jul
This year during birth trauma awareness week I am committing to taking 110 000 step to raise awareness and funds for the Australasian Birth Trauma Association - ABTA.
Why 110 000 steps?
Because "This is the estimated number of women who experience birth-related trauma in Australia every year."
Please help support this incredible volunteer based organisation by either donating here https://fundraise.birthtrauma.org.au/.../bigstepchallenge...
Alternatively you can join us for a fun outdoor workout session hosted by Bay Activept all abilities welcome.
Every little bit counts. But times are tough so if you can't afford to donate that is ok. I would just appreciate a like and share of my event page https://fb.me/e/2X3sYPC5L

Join me!

Saturday 1st Jul
As some of you may know, the arrival of my little FireBug wasn't the easiest of experiences. Although the midwifery team did their absolute best to support me over time as I came out of the newborn haze I was left with an overwhelmed sense of failure and felt completely broken as a human.
Unfortunately I am not alone in my experience. "1 in 3 Australian women identify their birth as traumatic." and this is why this year I have decided to Raise Funds for Australasian Birth Trauma Association - ABTA​. 

I would like to invite those who know me to join my team and help me raise awareness around birth trauma and funds in support of safer births, better healing and better support for those in need.

Birth trauma can feel incredibly isolating. So lets shed a light on the issue to let those struggling know they are not alone.

#birthtrauma #motherhood #ABTA #mothersmentalhealth #postnataldepression #postnatalanxiety 

Thank you to my Sponsors


Bliss Wellness Spa & Float


Amelia Davies

A cause close to my heart, I would love to help you reach your goal.


Danni C


Linda Kennington

Well done Kate on your challenge. No doubt you smashed it!


Kate Webber