Reflective And Reflexive Cycles

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Literature has allowed me to reflect upon my coping strategies and has evidenced how valuable reflective and reflexive cycles are - allowing me as a professional to understand myself, my development and potential implications for practise (Moon, 1999 p.7). Poor emotional coping strategies could potentially lead to burn out. By preventing burn out, the women in my care can ensure that they are being both physically and emotionally cared for adequately. Promoting individualised compassionate care hence increasing my own personal job satisfaction.
Shift patterns are thought to influence compassion fatigue rates due to circadian rhythm disruption. The following information supports the ideology that midwives need reasonable breaks to enable them to provide adequate compassionate care or consequently the individual will experience 'burn out', affecting psychological well being .Shift work can cause extreme fatigue and can lead to professionals developing fatigue-related mental health problems such as depression. This can result in emotional detachment and lack of compassion, hence affecting the patient's care that they receive (Gaba and Howard, 2002 pp. 1249 - 1255).
Pregnancy and childbirth are emotional experiences for all those involved. Wade (2009) discusses the importance of holism in enhancing delivery of care, in which the past seventy years has become a current issue leading to midwives aiming to work with a 'caseload' of women. Hence improving the midwife - woman relationship and establishing rapport. Hunter (2001, pp 436 - 444); suggests that this will involve midwives becoming more emotionally involved in their work which will aim to improve the delivery of compassionate care to the woman. This comes with the challenge o...

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...evelop strategies which will enable me to successfully cope with challenging situations, which will benefit my practise as I have a new found level of self confidence and actualisation of reality. Looking at midwifery as a profession that is being globally developed to help improve both mother and baby outcomes, has enabled me to develop an understanding of how important communication is as it goes beyond the woman, reflecting the midwifery profession as a whole within society.
The Royal College of Midwives (2008) state that woman centred care is a philosophy of maternity care that prioritises the wishes and needs of the woman - this is what women want. This module has given evidence that no two women want the exact same professional attributes. Therefore meaning midwives must be equipped with an array of attributes to holistically care for the woman and her needs.

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