Revelations: Forging empathic connections

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Abstract

This issue of The Practising Midwife brings together a wide range of complex topics for us to consider. The articles include supporting D/deaf women; reclaiming the word ‘fat’; considering perspectives of a neurodivergent mother; concealed pregnancies; and evidence regarding maternity care for those who have experienced child sex abuse. With such diverse and challenging topics, it reminds us that, when meeting women/birthing people for the first time, we have no idea about their lives, past experiences, views or perspectives. Therefore, that initial meeting is such a vulnerable moment for relationship building. Ideally, we can greet each person with openness, putting aside assumptions to be fully ‘present’ and engage wholeheartedly within the new relationship. From my PhD study, which explored midwives’ experiences of supporting out of guidelines birth choices, the participants articulated relationship-building beautifully.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-7
Number of pages2
JournalPractising Midwife
Volume24
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

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