Know your boundaries – respect a woman’s boundaries
Why set boundaries?
Setting boundaries protects ourselves and others
What are our professional boundaries?
Where are our personal boundaries?
Are we respecting the boundaries of others, staff or patient?
Do we know what lies outside our boundaries?
Help her say …….GOODBYE
A time of change, end of old life, beginning of new life.
O Is for Open
Open – freely giving – accurate – honest – communicate – choice.
M is for Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a mind-body approach to well-being that can help you
change the way you think about experiences and reduce stress and
When we are truly mindful we are patient and nonreactive, fully
observant, accepting of what is happening, and acknowledge it.
Mindful listening includes both nonverbal and verbal responses,
consisting of encouragement for the speaker to express
themselves, expand upon what they are saying, and clarifying what
they have said.
A receptive attitude allowing the other person the space to
express their complete idea, without interjection or interruption.
Why is mindfulness important?
Feeling invalidated, disrespected and not heard
can be a huge emotional trigger
for some women
that may initiate a downward spiral into
and their ability to birth their baby.
A is for Affect
How will your practice affect the women your caring for?
Remember the way
Are you making women feel confident, calm, in control, loved,
cared for, listened to, empowered and special ?
Never underestimate the effect of your words
The language we use with women is so important
“If a woman doesn’t look like a goddess in labor”
“Then someone isn’t treating her right” – Ina May
N is for Nurture
Nurture a woman so she can nurture her baby
Loving calm environment
Personal centered care
Allow time for rest and recuperation
Support and give information
Treat with dignity and respect
Remember this is HER journey
When we nurture a woman
She will grow and blossom into the beauty that is motherhood
What can we do?
To support women in
B be the woman
Put yourself in her shoes
What is her life like?
What has she been through?
How is she feeling?
First experience of hospital?
Other health conditions, mental health, disabilities?
Afraid of journey, change, unknown?
Then treat her like you would want to be treated
Are you Inspirational?
Both to women in your care but also those you
How can you be inspirational?
• Language – How do you talk about women and colleagues?
• How do you present yourself? – Warm, open, friendly?
• Do you praise, build up your team?
• What does your care say about YOU?
• Do you embrace new challenges?
• Are always looking to improve ?
• Are you keeping up to date on new evidence based research?
• Is the woman center of your care?
• Are you able to admit mistakes and use to improve?
• Are you ‘shining’ brightly?
How can we respect the women in our care?
R recognize – opinions, wishes, plans, journey
E environment – calm, safe, friendly, homely?
S support – choices, cultures, needs.
P personal – person centered safe care.
E empower – commend, praise, explain.
C choice – give information, options.
T trust – build a relationship.
The gift of knowledge
Informed Choice Good safe care
Confidence Improves service
Builds trust Builds relationships
Supports Supports good practice