The cost of caring in midwifery

Alicia Carey, Evan Plowman

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A midwife is a skilled practitioner who has successfully completed an educational program based on the essential competencies and framework of global standards for midwifery education (International Confederation of Midwives, 2019). Risk factors for midwives developing traumatic stress include: long shifts with inadequate breaks, a lack of control organising off-duty time, redeployment being moved to other clinical areas with little notice by managers to backfill staff, and anxiety about making mistakes (Davies, 2016). Burnout in midwifery has also been linked to insufficient financial and human resources, a lack of professional recognition and professional development, and inadequate support from managers (Davies, 2016).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-53
Number of pages1
JournalAustralian Nursing and Midwifery Journal
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020


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