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Non-verbal communication skills for enhancing midwifery practice

Non-verbal communication skills for enhancing midwifery practice 


This module covers the principles of non-verbal communication, and includes practical strategies for how midwives can enhance their practice by communicating effectively with colleagues, women and their families.

Learning aims and objectives

This resource aims to provide students and qualified midwives with an understanding of the impact of non-verbal communication in caring for women – both in terms of the communication coming from midwives and the interpretation of non-verbal signals from women in their care.

On completion of this resource midwives and student midwives should have an increased knowledge of the subject, enabling them to:

  • Understand the process of non-verbal communication and the elements that comprise it
  • Appreciate the importance of supportive non-verbal communication in the midwifery context
  • Recognise strategies for improving the effectiveness of non-verbal communication in midwifery
  • Gain in understanding of non-verbal cues from those in their care – as well as other health professionals.

Keywords and linking topics

Non-verbal communication, being with women, relationship building, labour support, partnership, collaboration, cultural safety

Activities and questions at the end of this resource will enable you to assess your knowledge and reflect on how you can incorporate it into your own practice. In the following questions, please select the answer that you believe to be correct. This will be marked and then you can move on to the next question. If you wish, at the end you can return for a further attempt at the questions.

Upon completion of the module, you will be able to download and save or print a certificate to include in your CPD/revalidation portfolio.