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Heightening levels of compassion towards self and others through use of compassionate mind training

Beaumont, Elaine; Martin, Caroline J Hollins


Elaine Beaumont


Background: Continued absence of strategies that promote self-care puts midwives at risk of experiencing symptoms of stress, empathic distress fatigue, burnout, and compassion fatigue, which can all impact on the performance of midwives and the level of compassion they show to others. Objective: The objective of this paper is to outline a possible education strategy for student midwives that has the potential to impact upon the level of compassion that the individual can show both to themselves and others in times of suffering. Suggested Approach: Compassionate Mind Training (CMT) has been found to be beneficial in clinical populations with individuals who report symptoms of primary trauma, low levels of self-compassion, and who are self-critical. Student midwives bear witness to the traumas of others, which makes considering an intervention to help student midwives who may experience symptoms of secondary trauma, self-criticism, or low levels of self-compassion whilst in training important. Conclusion: Incorporating CMT into undergraduate midwifery degree programmes may help student midwives become sensitive to their own suffering, and could potentially help them cope with emotional demands, placement anxieties and organisational pressures.


Beaumont, E., & Martin, C. J. H. (2016). Heightening levels of compassion towards self and others through use of compassionate mind training. British Journal of Midwifery, 24(11), 777-786.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 30, 2016
Online Publication Date Nov 4, 2016
Publication Date Nov 2, 2016
Deposit Date Nov 1, 2016
Publicly Available Date Nov 17, 2016
Journal British Journal of Midwifery
Print ISSN 0969-4900
Electronic ISSN 2052-4307
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 11
Pages 777-786
Keywords Compassion, training, self-care, stress, burnout
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