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Birth-supporting women on the journey of birth.

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A power point of how we can support women and their families on the incredible journey of birth as both health professionals, doulas.

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Birth-supporting women on the journey of birth.

  1. 1. The journey of birth SUPPORTING WOMEN
  2. 2. How can we support women on their birth journeys?
  3. 3. WOMAN W With woman O Open M Mindful A Affect N Nurture What can we think of when we think about women we may support?
  4. 4. WITH WOMAN Support her journey
  5. 5. HOW CAN WE ‘BE WITH’ WOMAN? LISTEN CHOICE ENCOURAGE PRAISE COMMUNICATE EMPATHY BOUNDARIES GOODBYE HOW?
  6. 6. LISTEN Do we? LISTEN EYE CONTACT CLARIFY PHARAPHAS E OPEN QUESTIONS DON’T INTERUPT INTERESTED NOT INTERESTING NON- JUDGEMENTAL GENUINE
  7. 7. Think What makes you feel heard?
  8. 8. CHOICE ALWAYS ALLOW INFORMED CHOICE - GIVE OPTIONS - EXPLAIN
  9. 9. ENCOURAGE Is this you?
  10. 10. PRAISE Do not underestimate the power of words
  11. 11. COMMUNICATE
  12. 12. What happens when communication goes wrong? Communication is vital to ensure care is done safely
  13. 13. EMPATHY CAN YOU WALK IN ANOTHERS FOOTSTEPS?
  14. 14. BOUNDARIES Know your boundaries – respect a woman’s boundaries
  15. 15. 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?
  16. 16. Help her say …….GOODBYE A time of change, end of old life, beginning of new life.
  17. 17. O Is for Open Open – freely giving – accurate – honest – communicate – choice.
  18. 18. 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 anxiety. 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?
  19. 19. Because………. Feeling invalidated, disrespected and not heard can be a huge emotional trigger for some women that may initiate a downward spiral into doubting themselves and their ability to birth their baby.
  20. 20. A is for Affect How will your practice affect the women your caring for? ‘They will Remember the way You Made them Feel.’ Are you making women feel confident, calm, in control, loved, cared for, listened to, empowered and special ?
  21. 21. Never underestimate the effect of your words The language we use with women is so important
  22. 22. “If a woman doesn’t look like a goddess in labor” “Then someone isn’t treating her right” – Ina May Gaskin”
  23. 23. N is for Nurture Nurture a woman so she can nurture her baby HOW? Loving calm environment Personal centered care Allow time for rest and recuperation Support and give information Treat with dignity and respect Build confidence Language Remember this is HER journey SUPPORT!
  24. 24. When we nurture a woman She will grow and blossom into the beauty that is motherhood
  25. 25. What can we do? To support women in B be the woman I inspirational R respect T teach H honest
  26. 26. Be the woman – How?
  27. 27. 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? Previous trauma? Family situation? Young? Expectations? Difficult pregnancy? Afraid of journey, change, unknown? Then treat her like you would want to be treated
  28. 28. Are you Inspirational? Both to women in your care but also those you work with
  29. 29. 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?
  30. 30. RESPECT 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.
  31. 31. TEACH Who? First ourselves Then others……
  32. 32. The gift of knowledge Women Colleagues Educates Educates Empowers Empowers Informed Choice Good safe care Confidence Improves service Builds trust Builds relationships Equips Equips Supports Supports good practice
  33. 33. Honest Whatever the situation be honest
  34. 34. Why should we be honest? Being honest will enable us to give our best
  35. 35. What do we want the story of a woman’s birth to be? It’s not just the ending that counts it’s the journey along the way.

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