The first four modules focused on knowledge you will find useful in implementing a conversations approach. Module 5 provides the "how to" of this approach.
Self Reflection Activity
One of the most crucial aspects of shifting to a Conversations Approach is shifting our attitudes about our roles and perspectives. The first step in moving to using a conversations approach is taking some time for self-reflection. So before moving to a conversations approach, consider some of the following questions and issues as they apply to you and your attitudes and perspectives. You may already have a mindset that embraces the attitudes and perspectives that align with a conversations approach. Then these modules and the suggested knowledge and skills provided can enrich the way you address breastfeeding and safe sleep. It is always good, however, to check in on our own perspectives.
Before moving to the Conversations Approach, consider some of the following questions and issues as they apply to you and your attitudes and perspectives.
Rate your agreement with the following statements about families who do not implement recommendations about breastfeeding or safe sleep. Your answers are not recorded. Don’t shy away from looking at yourself. What you discover will help you see where you stand on your tolerance for family reluctance and ambivalence about the recommendations and for giving them space to reach their own conclusions.
If you aren’t aware of where you are starting in the process, these kinds of feelings and ideas can trip you up as you try to shift to a Conversations Approach. However you think or feel is fine, but understanding yourself helps you know what shifts you may need to make in your perspectives.
When families do not embrace or plan to implement the recommendations (rate your agreement with the following statements):