The anatomy of compassion: courage, connection and safeness in perinatal practice
The new NHS England Three Year Delivery Plan for Maternity and Neonatal Services advocates for compassionate care for families and compassionate, psychologically safe workplace cultures for staff. In this article we propose the need for a shared language and understanding of what compassion is, how it works, why it can feel hard and why practising compassion is an act of courage. We aim here to share our understanding of compassionate approaches from using them clinically in our work in maternity, perinatal and neonatal services. We also give some suggestions for growing compassion across the system, both for leaders and systems as well as individuals.
On behalf of the Neonatal Leads for Psychological Practice in England’s Neonatal Operational Delivery Networks (see TABLE 1)
Evans D., Butterworth R., Atkins E., Chilvers R., Marsh A., Barr K., Cole S., Cordwell J., D’Urso A., Higgins S. The anatomy of compassion: courage, connection and safeness in perinatal practice. Infant 2023; 19(3): 88-92.
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