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What are the stress levels for a nurse midwife?

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Thank you comment icon https://healthtimes.com.au/hub/midwifery/38/news/hw/burnout-in-midwifery-an-occupational-hazard/3504/ and https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8038561/ have details about stress levels. Hassan Al

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Naomi’s Answer

There are many different levels of midwifery care that have varying levels of acuity but for the average nurse midwife that participates in birth work directly (delivering) I would say the stress level is high. The responsibility of a nurse midwife is great and decisions that he/she makes can impact families forever. That can be a wonderful thing because we have the ability to positively change someones life, but also a heavy burden to bear if and when things go wrong, which they inevitably do sometimes. I struggle with the influence of my role when it comes to the vastness of it, but in other areas stress levels are more low-moderate level like days in the clinic where you would perform routine gynecological and obstetric exams. Acute care in general whether a nurse, midwife, physician, or assistant requires critical thinking and attention to detail and is generally considered a higher stress role. outpatient care (in clinics) is generally less time sensitive and high impact, therefore its often times less stressful. Hope that helps
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Jessica’s Answer

Stress is relative. Experience and knowledge help to improve the work flow and skills at detecting problems early. There are some events and situations that midwives cannot avoid but I also love being there for patients in those situations. We can have a huge impact on how they view the aftermath. Having friends, hobbies, a partner you can talk to when stressed, and other outlets is essential for not having the stresses overtake you.
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