Self-care for student midwives in times of stressful challenges - workshop on self-compassion strategies
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Women's department, Stavanger University Hospital, Stavanger, Norway
Faculty of Health Science, University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway
Publication date: 2023-10-24
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Åshild Berg   

Women's department, Stavanger University Hospital, Stavanger, Norway
Eur J Midwifery 2023;7(Supplement 1):A115
The midwife program in Norway is a 2-year post-graduate master's program. Students spend 50% of their studies in clinical placement. Students report high-stress levels and a high degree of self-criticism to meet the educational demands in the academic arena and the workplace. This is also reported in international findings, lack of confidence, emotional burnout, and fear of making mistakes. There is a need to address student midwives' emotional well-being and support students with strategies to combat this. Hence, to address self-care in times of stress, we present the lecture by a midwife trained in CBT, which has been held for the midwifery master's program in Stavanger, Norway, since 2000.

Material and Methods:
The content of this workshop, held after the first eight weeks of clinical placement, addressed the concept of debriefing after a critical incident, the concepts of guilt and blame and the difference between these concepts. Lastly, the introduction of self-compassion was addressed by introducing tools and strategies to balance the emotion regulation system.

These workshops are highly rated as being of significance for the student's well-being and are highly recommended for all students.

Self-care strategies in times of stress and sharing experiences in a psychologically safe climate is critical for building a sustainable future midwifery workforce.

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.
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