4. Midwives, post-traumatic stress and burnout: Exploring solutions

May 5, 2019 @ 01:00 – 01:50 UTC Timezone
Room 2, Big Blue Button

Speaker: Lianne Schwartz
Facilitators: Hazel Keedle & Marcela Mendoza

Check the time in your location: bit.ly/VIDoM19-session-04

Recent studies have highlighted high rates of post-traumatic stress (PTS) symptoms amongst midwives, with potentially severe impacts on the care provided to women. In fact, one of the cornerstones of midwifery care, empathy – is diminished with exposure to trauma. Trauma and PTS may also contribute to burnout, and midwives leaving the profession. While the key strategy for prevention of PTSD in midwives is to reduce the prevalence of traumatic childbirth, midwives still need skills and tools to cope with PTS symptoms when they arise. Accessible and effective tools such as heart-centred breathing and energy psychology modalities may give midwives access to pathways that can help clear traumas and rediscover present moment awareness. This workshop educates midwives on PTS and the importance of finding ways to address PTS symptoms. It also offers participants some take-home tools to manage the cumulative stressors and traumas that lead to post traumatic stress.

Recording: https://recordings.rna1.blindsidenetworks.com/frontier/d060ee0b45b5af5beca98d6323a7861781d8ad1d-1557014820139/capture/