Trauma/"Burn Out" Self-Assessment
for Birth & Postpartum Professionals
As a birth and/or postpartum worker, when you help people you have direct contact with their lives. As you
may have found, your compassion for those you work with can affect you in positive and negative ways.
Below are some questions about your experiences, both positive and negative, as a birth/postpartum
worker. Consider each of the following questions about you and your current work situation. Select the
number that honestly reflects how frequently you experienced these things in the
last 30 days.

1 = Never                    2 = Rarely                    3 = Sometimes                    4 = Often                    5 = Very Often

_______ 1. I am happy.

_______ 2. I am preoccupied with more than one person I work with.

_______ 3. I get satisfaction from being able to help people.

_______ 4. I feel connected to others.

_______ 5. I jump or am startled by unexpected sounds.

_______ 6. I feel invigorated after working with those I help.

_______ 7. I find it difficult to separate my personal life from my life as a birth and/or postpartum
                 professional.

_______ 8. I am not as productive as I could be because I am losing sleep over the traumatic
                 experiences of someone I am helping or have helped.

_______ 9. I think that I might have been affected by the traumatic stress of those I help.

______ 10.  I feel trapped by my job as a birth or postpartum professional.

______ 11. Because of my work with birth and/or postpartum women and families, I have felt "on
                 edge" about various things.

______ 12. I like my work as a birth and/or postpartum professional.

______ 13. I feel depressed because of the traumatic experiences of the people I help.

______ 14. I feel as though I am experiencing the trauma of someone I am working with or have
                 worked with.

______ 15. I have beliefs that sustain me.

______ 16. I am pleased with how I am able to keep up with helping techniques and protocols.

______ 17. I am the person I always wanted to be.

______ 18. My work makes me feel satisfied.

______ 19. I feel worn out because of my work as a birth and/or postpartum helper.

______ 20. I have happy thoughts and feelings about those I help and how I could help them.

______ 21. I feel overwhelmed because my work load seems endless.

______ 22. I believe I can make a difference through my work.

______ 23. I avoid certain activities or situations because they remind me of frightening
                 experiences of the people I help or have helped in the past.

______ 24. I am proud of what I can do to help birthing and postpartum women and families.

______ 25. As a result of my birth and/or postpartum work, I have intrusive, frightening thoughts.

______ 26. I feel "bogged down" by the system.

______ 27. I have thoughts that I am a "success" as a birth and/or postpartum helper.

______ 28. I can't recall important parts of my work with trauma victims.

______ 29. I am a very caring person.

______ 30. I am happy that I chose to do this work.

Copyright B. Hudnall Stamm, 2009. Professional Quality of Life: Compassion Satisfaction and Fatigue Version 5 (ProQOL). www.isu.edu/~bhstamm or
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