Step 8: Interpersonal Communication: Debriefing and Active Listening
Many emotions surround the birth of a baby. Whether it is a positive or negative experience, the feelings she experienced are remembered the rest of her life. As postpartum doulas, our role is to hear and validate her underlying feelings, and be a safe place for her to express them.
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Application and Understanding
- Complete this sentence: “The biggest aspect of active listening is listening to hear and understand and not listening with ________________.
- You are a postpartum doula for a new mother with her first baby just two weeks old. She had a long labor but a vaginal birth after an induction and epidural where they needed to use forceps to pull her baby out. She suffered a fourth degree tear. Her baby is a healthy, 8.5lb little girl. She knows her husband really wanted a boy to carry on the family name. She had some vaginal lacerations and is in much pain when peeing. Midst the tears she says, “I have always been a happy person and I don’t know what is wrong with me now. My partner tells me I just need to get over it.”
Write two paragraphs of your dialogue with her using Debriefing and Active listening.