Nurturing the Nurturers: Midwives’ Wellbeing on International Day of the Midwife 2024

As guardians of the birthing experience, midwives pour their hearts and souls into their work, but it's essential to remember that you need care and support too.

On this International Day of the Midwife 2024, whilst we celebrate and acknowledge your work let’s take a moment to focus on a vital aspect often overlooked: the wellbeing of our midwives.

As guardians of the birthing experience, midwives pour your hearts and souls into your work, but it’s essential to remember that you need care and support too.

Here we reflect on the importance of self-care for midwives and share practical mindfulness tools and techniques to enhance your daily practice and nurture your own wellbeing.


Honouring the Self:

Recognising the Importance of Self-Care

Midwifery is a profession of compassion and dedication, but it can also be physically and emotionally demanding. As midwives, it’s important to recognise the significance of self-care as the cornerstone of your practice. For example, set aside a few minutes each day for mindfulness meditation, allowing you to centre yourself and cultivate a sense of calm amidst the chaos of your shifts. By honouring your own needs, you can better serve the needs of others.


Embracing Mindful Moments:

Integrating Mindfulness into Daily Practice

In the hustle and bustle of the maternity ward, it’s easy for midwives to get swept up in the whirlwind of activity. However, incorporating mindfulness into your daily routines can help you to stay grounded and present.

Simple mindfulness exercises, such as mindful breathing or body scans, can be done during brief moments of respite. These mindful moments can provide a much-needed pause in your day and replenish your energy reserves.


Cultivating Compassion:

Extending Kindness to Oneself and Others

Compassion is at the heart of midwifery, but it’s important for midwives to extend that compassion to themselves as well. Practice self-compassion by speaking to yourself with the same kindness and understanding you offer to those in your care. For some people, keeping a gratitude journal where you can reflect on moments of connection and joy in your work, fostering a sense of appreciation for yourself and your contributions can be very helpful.


Enhancing Communication:

Fostering Connection Through Mindful Interaction

Effective communication is essential in midwifery, facilitating trust and understanding between midwives, expectant mothers/parents, and healthcare teams.

Approach each interaction with mindfulness and intentionality, actively listening to parent’s concerns and offering support with empathy and compassion. Additionally, incorporating non-verbal communication techniques, such as maintaining eye contact and using gentle touch, to convey warmth and reassurance.

By fostering genuine connections with those you support, you can create a supportive and nurturing environment for childbirth.


Reflecting on Resilience:

Cultivating Strength Through Self-Reflection

Midwifery can be emotionally taxing, requiring midwives to navigate a wide range of emotions with grace and resilience. Prioritise self-reflection as a means of maintaining balance and perspective. Journaling is a tool for processing experiences and emotions, allowing you to gain insights into your own triggers and coping mechanisms.

By reflecting on your own resilience and growth, you can cultivate greater self-awareness and continue to thrive in your demanding role.


By prioritising your own wellbeing and integrating mindfulness into your daily practice, you can sustain your passion and resilience, ensuring that you can continue to provide compassionate care to generations of families.

Would you like to know more about how mindfulness tools and individualised care can help the families you support?

Sign up for the free CPD accredited course offered by The Mindful Birth Group® to equip yourself with the tools and techniques that past students tell us have enhanced their day-to-day care as midwives.

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