University of Technology Sydney

92018 Building Resilience in Mothers and Midwives




This subject focuses on the concept of resilience and provides midwives with the knowledge and skills needed to promote emotional well-being in childbearing women as well as themselves and their colleagues. Resilience is the capacity to bounce back or respond to adversity. In this subject the student develops a greater appreciation of emotional/mental health issues affecting midwives, childbearing women and families, the impact of personal communication, and the impact of programs such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. Students are provided with opportunities to personally experience a range of evidence-based strategies such as Mindfulness that have been demonstrated to positively affect well-being and contribute to personal resilience. Evidence demonstrating that the skills of meditation and compassion effectively enhance the care we can offer will be explored as powerful antidotes to compassion fatigue and burnout. The underlying neural basis of the effects of mindfulness will also be explored. Through an emerging and/or increasing awareness of mindful midwifery practice, students will develop a greater appreciation of how to create and nurture resilience in themselves and their colleagues and in families that have not yet been able to acquire it.

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Autumn session, City campus

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