contractions: the politics of midwifery

Contraction V: Self-care with Madyasa Vijber

May 05, 2021 Season 1 Episode 5
contractions: the politics of midwifery
Contraction V: Self-care with Madyasa Vijber
Show Notes

On international day of the midwife we focus on caring for ourselves with student midwife Madyasa Vijber. Madyasa is doing her final internship in midwifery, is a doula, and is regularly involved in feminist and anti-racist activism in the Netherlands. 

She speaks out about our lack of resistance to the system in the form of self-care and raises awareness about mental health of midwives and midwifery students.

Further reading:



  •  Lorde, A. (2007). Sister Outsider. Crossing Press.- Beaumont, E., Durkin, M., 
  • Kirkham, M. (2000). The Midwife-mother Relationship. Macmillan Publishers.
  • Nagoski, E., & Nagoski, A. D. (2020). Burnout. Penguin Random House.
  • Brown, B. (2012). The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings on Authenticity, Connection and Courage (1ste ed.). Sounds True, Inc.


  • Hollins Martin, C. J., & Carson, J. (2016). Compassion for others, self-compassion, quality of life and mental well-being measures and their association with compassion fatigue and burnout in student midwives: A quantitative survey. Midwifery, 34, 239–244.
  • Durkin, M., Beaumont, E., Hollins Martin, C. J., & Carson, J. (2016). A pilot study exploring the relationship between self-compassion, self-judgement, self-kindness, compassion, professional quality of life and wellbeing among UK community nurses. Nurse Education Today, 46, 109–114.
  • Warmelink, J. C., Hoijtink, K., Noppers, M., Wiegers, T. A., de Cock, T. P., Klomp, T., & Hutton, E. K. (2015). An explorative study of factors contributing to the job satisfaction of primary care midwives. Midwifery, 31(4), 482–488.
  • Fenwick, J., Sidebotham, M., Gamble, J., & Creedy, D. K. (2018). The emotional and professional wellbeing of Australian midwives: A comparison between those providing continuity of midwifery care and those not providing continuity. Women and Birth, 31(1), 38–43.

Contractions is produced by Rodante van der Waal and Vinny Taylor. Contact: