Supporting women. Challenging stigma. Driving change.

We are advocates for women and aim to change the lives of those injured during childbirth.

Who are MASIC?

MASIC exists to support women, challenge stigma and drive change.

The MASIC Foundation is the only multi-disciplinary UK charity to support women who have suffered severe injuries during childbirth known as OASI (Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injuries).

The charity is run by injured women and healthcare professionals who are committed to better detection and prevention of injury during childbirth.

Women’s stories

Breaking the silence. Read stories from MASIC advocates who have suffered injuries during childbirth.

Telling women’s stories is the most important thing we can do as a charity. When women are brave enough to speak out, change happens. This page is dedicated to telling those stories, and to the women who have been honest and incredibly brave in sharing their experience.

If you have a story to tell we are dedicated to supporting you and making your voice heard.

Please email socialmedia@masic.org.uk and we will help you to tell your story.

Looking for support?

There is support available if you need it, don’t suffer in silence and don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice.

MASIC can help you over come the physical and emotional trauma you may have experienced during and after child birth. We can support you and guide you to helpful resources, all you need to do is get in touch.

Not sure where to start?

Please call the MASIC 24h freephone Birth Injury Support Helpline 0808 1640 8333

Meet Luce Brett

Luce Brett

Author of PMSL

My name is Luce. I’m a writer. A partner. A mum. And I had a difficult birth which left me thunderstruck, confused, sad, broken, and well, pretty angry. My reaction to birth trauma was unconventional. I wrote a book – a gory, funny, moving book – about the truth of it for me, what I saw and heard and felt as I gave birth and then coped with injuries, continence issues, depression, and trauma. I needed to speak out because traumatic births are often undiscussed. Recognition is important – we don’t talk enough about births that aren’t picture-perfect, as if they should be hidden in shame. Like MASIC, I’m here to say it isn’t shameful. And don’t worry – you have found your people.  Like my book, this website is a place for all of you – the entertainers, the shellshocked, new mums and old hands – to share, process, or even just start to think about what is happening, and why googling ‘birth trauma’ or ‘MASIC’ late at night is a good thing. You are not alone.

The stats speak for themselves.
More women are affected and need support…

85%

of women with severe birth injury said it impacted on their relationship with their child

78%

were affected by traumatic memories of the birth

52%

stated they were embarrassed by the symptoms of their injury

49%

of women affected said they doubted their ability to mother

45%

suffered postnatal depression as a result of their injury

24%

of women affected regretted having a child because of the injuries sustained

Meet the MASIC team

We are a collection of healthcare professionals & MASIC advocates, existing to give a voice to women’s childbirth stories.

Chloe Oliver

CEO

Anna Clements

Administration Co-ordinator

Jen Hall

Social Media and Website Co-ordinator

Nikki Powell

Bookkeeper

The Executive Board

We are led by a small and very experienced Executive team who are dedicated to improving outcomes for women with birth injuries.

MASIC News

Keep up to date with all our latest news and stories

If you would like to be kept informed of MASIC’s work and our most recent projects please click on our news items in this section and sign up to our MASIC mailing list.

We would love to hear from you if you are an injured woman or a health professional interested in working with us.