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"Doing" is never enough, if "being" is neglected: exploring midwives' experiences of an emotional intelligence (EI) programme: a qualitative study. [Presentation]

Tabib, Mo; Forbes-McKay, Katrina; Humphrey, Tracy

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Tracy Humphrey



Abstract

The role of the midwife is emotionally demanding, with many midwives experiencing high levels of stress and burnout, and a great number considering leaving the profession. This has serious implications for the delivery of high-quality, safe maternity care. One of the major factors leading to job dissatisfaction is the conflict between midwives' aspiration of truly 'being' with the woman and the institutional expectations of the role, which focuses on the 'doing' aspects of the job. 'Being' present to a woman's psychological needs, whilst meeting the institutional demands, requires high levels of emotional intelligence (EI) in the midwife. Therefore, enhancing midwives' EI could be beneficial. An EI programme was made available to midwives with the intention to promote their emotional intelligence and enable them to utilise relaxation techniques for those in their care. The aim of this study was to explore midwives' perspectives on the influence of the EI education programme on their emotional wellbeing and experiences of practice. The study took a descriptive qualitative approach. Thirteen midwives participated in focus group interviews. The data were analysed using thematic analysis. The overarching theme of 'The Ripple Effect' included three themes of 'Me and my relationships', 'A different approach to practice', and 'Confidence and empowerment'. The programme was seen to create a positive ripple effect, influencing midwives personally, their approach to practice, and feelings of confidence in their role. Attendance at an EI education programme equipped the midwives in this study with stress management skills which enhanced their emotional wellbeing and experiences of practice.

Citation

TABIB, M., FORBES-MCKAY, K. and HUMPHREY, T. 2023. "Doing" is never enough, if "being" is neglected: exploring midwives' experiences of an emotional intelligence (EI) programme: a qualitative study. Presented at the 15th International labour and birth conference, 24-26 April 2023, Grange over Sands, UK.

Presentation Conference Type Lecture
Conference Name 15th International labour and birth conference
Conference Location Grange over Sands, UK
Start Date Apr 24, 2023
End Date Apr 26, 2023
Deposit Date Dec 1, 2023
Publicly Available Date Dec 1, 2023
Keywords Emotional intelligence; Midwives; Midwifery
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/2158790

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