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Midwife Self Care

Easy Steps to a Safer Pregnancy - View e-book or Download PDF - FREE!
An interactive resource for moms on easy steps they can take to reduce exposure to chemical toxins during pregnancy.

Other excellent resources about avoiding toxins during pregnancy

These are easy to read and understand and are beautifully presented.

See also:#Practicalities

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The new midwifery: science and sensitivity in practice by Lesley Ann Page, Rona McCandlish - 2006

Some discussion of continuity of care and burnout.

Our local homeopath suggests homeopathic Cocculus Indicus as a classic remedy for recovering from extended care-taking of others.

Peer Support Trumps Time Off in Preventing MD Burnout [11/6/12] - One hour of facilitated peer support every other week during working hours significantly improved certain measures of physicians' job satisfaction and burnout compared with the same amount of unsupervised time off . . .

Burnout Self-Test - the Maslach Burnout Inventory

Facing Burnout  (item #4) from Midwifery Today

You can also do a general search on "burnout" in their web pages.

Motivation and burnout in human service work - The case of midwifery in Denmark

Burnout experienced by nurse-midwives

Generalized Google Search on burnout midwife midwives midwifery

Greenleaf provides a multi-layered approach for the mitigation of trauma’s negative effects within non-profit, public and private sector organizations.

Dr. Siddharth Ashvin Shah offers some excellent relaxation and stress-reduction tools with providers as a target audience.


Prevent and counteract job burnout and compassion fatigue.
Manage job stress.
Improve self-care and work effectiveness.

More Evidence Ties Night-Shift Work to Breast Cancer [7/10/13]


Subjective Sleep in Premenopausal and Postmenopausal Women During Workdays and Leisure Days: A Sleep Diary Study
- These observations suggest that postmenopausal women have the capacity for good sleep but are more vulnerable to sleep problems related to work-related stress.


Taking care of yourself as a midwife also means taking care of the practicalities of being self employed.

The Freelancers Union has disability coverage and many other benefits. They are a great resource and politically active as well.



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