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So far, we have explored the issues associated with problems in pregnancy and recent pregnancy, and reviewed what constitutes a non-directive approach to working with women in the perinatal period. Now we will focus on you!

An exploration of the ‘self’ is generally considered a fundamental and necessary place from which to commence practice as a mental health nurse and it is an important aspect of caring for people who are experiencing the kinds of issues we have been discussing here, for any nurse or midwife, in any clinical setting. Self-awareness and attention to one’s own feelings, thoughts, and experiences can contribute to the therapeutic use of self in effective provision of care (Foster et al 2006). Self-awareness is a dynamic process that includes self-perception, self-reflection and constructive input from others (McCauley 2006). It will be important for you to develop self-awareness around the pregnancy-related issues discussed in this CPD program.