BirthRite Workshop for Midwives
Can You Hear Me?
Basic Counselling Skills for Holistic Midwives

Half-day or One-day (Extended Content) Workshop at Your Location

Workshop Leader: Monika Boenigk, CM, CNS, Childbirth Educator, Dip Couns

When midwives broaden their focus beyond the purely physical parameters of pregnancy and birth to encompass the psychosocial context in which they occur, a whole new paradigm for midwifery practice emerges: the world of holistic midwifery. Midwives become engaged, conscientiously and purposefully, in all facets of a couple’s journey to parenthood. Officious barriers are removed in favour of transparency and intimacy.

As a holistic midwife, you become increasingly sensitized to your dialogue with clients, peers, employers and other health professionals. You may more often feel personally exposed or underskilled in negotiating emotionally confronting situations. Both awareness of your own insecurities and enhanced skills for effective communication are required of you.

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This workshop will provide you with simple and practical awareness and counselling skills, so that you can take the step into holistic midwifery with more confidence and enthusiasm. We will discuss, practise and role-play, using some important prerequisites for effective dialogue: conducive posture, congruence, empathy, curiosity, neutrality, minimal response, active listening, mirroring, reflection of feeling, reframing, the “art” of asking questions and “listening with awareness”.

In this workshop you may discover some of your personal reasons for not being able to listen well, and the subtle yet profound effect this may have on someone attempting to communicate with you.

Through developing new skills and a sense of safety and trust in yourself, you will not only improve communication with your peers, but you will also have the potential to become a tactful sounding board and a powerful catalyst for couples experiencing the transition to parenthood in your care.


After completion of this workshop

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Note: We require a large, quiet, well-ventilated room and a whiteboard. Suitable for approximately 14 participants.

For further details of this workshop, please contact BirthRite Head Office (Germany).
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