Caring for ourselves…

5538814779_a398846603Despite 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/ 🙂

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2 comments for “Caring for ourselves…

  1. Nicky
    June 1, 2015 at 6:07 am

    The new NMC code states that we must maintain our health so that we are fit to do our work. So, on that basis, I guess that means that nurses and midwives should now be insisting on taking their breaks, and at reasonable times / working long-term sustainable shift patterns / not receiving work calls during their holidays etc etc otherwise, if they become ill, they could be reported to the NMC for not following the Code?
    I really don’t understand the thinking behind this new requirement in the Code. Could somebody explain it please?

  2. June 1, 2015 at 9:22 am

    This is such an important topic as healthy midwives mean healthy families. This is the entire topic of my PhD research as I am working to create an evidence based online intervention to support midwives to remain psychologically well. Well done for keeping this conversation going!

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