Coaching can support you in 2023
Maria Benedetti relates her personal experiences of coaching and encourages midwives to seek out opportunities for coaching in the new year
Coaching can enable healthcare professionals to reach their full potential (Stewart-Lord et al, 2017). Through active listening and powerful questioning, a coach can elicit the goals of those being coached and support the individual to achieve them. Having been with a supportive coach, I am a firm believer that a coaching relationship can empower individuals to realise their potential and help them to find direction when at a crossroads or facing challenges that might seem to have no solutions.
In 2019, I discovered how powerful coaching is when I hired a coach to help me overcome personal obstacles that I was facing. Within 6 months of starting the coaching relationship, the coach empowered me to take active steps to change my situation. This also unlocked the possibility for other goals that I had put on hold for many years, and I achieved them too. My confidence increased and I successfully applied for a specialist midwifery role supporting Black, Asian and other minority ethnic pregnant women and birthing people to improve pregnancy and childbirth outcomes.
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