Compassion and why it is relevant in maternity care
We know that compassion and support generally feature high on pregnant women’s wish lists. We also know that some pregnant women fear the pain of childbirth. But do maternity care providers feel that managing pain is more useful than compassion? There’s plenty of science now that suggests that this is the wrong way around. There are many examples, backed by randomised control trials, of compassion being an essential part of alleviating fear, pain and suffering.
In Compassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence That Caring Makes a Difference, physician scientists Stephen Trzeciak and Anthony Mazzarelli undertake a rigorous review of the science — coupled with captivating stories — and uncovers that human connection in health care matters in astonishing ways. There is compelling evidence that:
- Compassion has vast benefits for people across a wide variety of conditions.
- Missed opportunities for compassion can have devastating health effects.
- Compassion can help reverse the cost crisis in health care.
- Compassion can be an antidote for burnout among health care providers.
- Forty seconds of compassion can save a life.
Imagine how women would benefit from compassionate maternity care?
Stephen Trzeciak and Anthony Mazzarelli , Compassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence That Caring Makes a Difference, https://www.compassionomics.com/