Despite the fact that they spend their days caring for others, midwives are not always good at taking care of themselves. But a lack of self-care can negatively impact upon midwives’ own health and well being, on their ability to cope with the stresses and strains of life and work, and on the energy they have available to give to others, including childbearing women. This article, originally published in The Practising Midwife, briefly outlines why self-care is so important and shares ideas, suggestions and tips gathered from the experience of midwives and women.
You can read the article, Caring for ourselves, here 🙂 In it, I mention Relaxed Midwives, a facebook group which is facilitated by my friend Jane Pardoe, who created the group for midwives who are in need of relaxing. Jane says, “It is for sharing positive quotes, funny stories, pictures, jokes, ways to relax, social events and just general support for those stressful days. It is a group to make you smile and feel relaxed.” – and you can find and join it at https://www.facebook.com/groups/relaxedmidwives/ 🙂