Are you a busy mother-baby professional who is stressed to the max? Do you find the 24/7 lifestyle of always being on call for your clients, family obligations and the necessity to build a business more than you can handle? You may be preaching, "Take care of yourself!" to new parents, while suffering from stressinduced illness and disease. In Keep the Fires Burning, author Micky Jones provides
concrete evidence of the consequences of putting everyone else's needs before your own and gives practical suggestions for taking back your life and your health.
This book covers:
- The reality of work as a mother-baby professional
- The six flames that can destroy your passion - individual stress, secondary stress, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, burnout, and depression
- How empathy affects your work
- How who you are, what work you do, and your sphere of influence impacts how stress affects you.
- Life strategies to eliminate stress
- A personal self-care plan for home and work
If you love your work, but are stressed and/or burned out and want a balanced life, this book can help! Find out how Micky Jones found her way back to the balanced life she loves and how you can employ her techniques to make your life better.
Micky Jones has given us a heartfelt, sensible guide that will become a very
necessary addition to every doula library, as well as all midwifery and doula
Barbara Harper, RN, CLD, CCCE, DEM
Author of Gentle Birth Choices
Keep the Fires Burning is a delightfully well-written and practical guide for anyone who works with mothers and babies.
Kathleen Kendall-Tackett PhD., IBCLC, FAPA
Author, The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood
Author: Micky Jones, BS, CLD, C(DONA), HCHI, IBCLC, DFB
Total Pages: 122
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Keep The Fires Burning: Conquering stress and burnout as a Mother-Baby Professional
Micky Jones, BS, CD(DONA), IBCLC
Hale Publishing, LP, 2011
121 pages, (US)$19.95, softcover (excerpt available free online)
Orders: Hale Publishing, LP, 1712 N Forest Street, Amarillo, TX 79106 USA
Tel: toll free 800-378-1317; 806-376-9900; fax: 806-376-9901
Ms. Jones has extensive experience as a Mother Baby Professionals (MBP), as she calls those who care for mother-baby dyads. With a degree in Child Development and Family Studies, she is also a retired La Leche League Leader, an IBCLC, Hypnobabies® instructor, Labor Doula, Birth Doula Trainer, and mother of three. She did it all, traveled the path of stress and the road to recovery, and shares lessons learned.
The book is geared to developing life strategies to help combat the “six flames” that can destroy passion: individual stress, secondary stress, secondhand trauma, compassion fatigue, burnout, and depression.
A vast array of situations illustrates the topic. Examples that cause stress and/or lead to burnout include an unhealthy relationship, bringing work home, getting more emotional than helpful, blaming yourself when a client does not make the intended choice, feeling that you are the only one who can help, and pushing yourself while ignoring your personal needs. Examples of strategies to avoid or overcome burnout include learning to say “no,” feeling good about helping (as opposed to feeling down based on the desired outcome), focusing on giving tools to mothers to help them make informed decisions, and finding someone (e.g., another MBP) to talk to.
The book is for those working with birthing or breastfeeding women, labor and postpartum doulas, midwives, childbirth educators, and lactation consultants. It is useful especially for those considering a profession as a MBP, setting up a practice, experiencing life changes or feeling the flame of passion flicker. Smart money is on reading the book and learning to develop a self-care plan before burnout happens.
Beverly Morgan, IBCLC
Georgetown, Texas USA..
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars]