Caring for the Carers is an activity aimed at reducing work-related stress—a major driver of disrespect and abuse (D&A) during facility-based childbirth. Pregnancy, labor, and delivery are expected to be joyous moments for the mother, her family, and the service providers. However, this is not always the case due to maternal complications or even death. Maternity units often have high workloads. This, coupled with lack of professional support for staff and providers, and poor governance and leadership, may lead to work-related stress. These critical incidents can accumulate and contribute to staff stress and emotional exhaustion, which ultimately prevents provision of quality care. Findings from a Kenya baseline survey in 13 health facilities showed that providers are working under stressful conditions. This brief is part of the Respectful Maternity Care (RCM) Resource Package developed by the Kenya Heshima Project, which tested the use of debriefing sessions as an approach to reduce stress-related drivers of D&A at the individual and team levels.
"Promoting Respectful Maternity Care Resource Package—Debriefing sessions: Caring for the carers." New York: Population Council, 2015.
Heshima: Promoting Dignified and Respectful Care During Childbirth