Emotional Intelligence and the Childbirth Educator
Originally Published In
International Journal of Childbirth Education
Pregnancy is a life-changing event for any woman and many challenges and stressors can be present. It is important the childbirth educator not only recognizes these possible stressors of an expectant mother but also understands how to interact and intervene when necessary. An educator must first begin to understand their own level of emotional intelligence (EI) with the four competencies of EI: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management. The article will discuss the understanding and application of the competencies of emotional intelligence for the childbirth educator.