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Type: Journal article
Title: Mindful pregnancy and childbirth: effects of a mindfulness-based intervention on women's psychological distress and well-being in the perinatal period
Author: Dunn, C.
Hanieh, E.
Roberts, R.
Powrie, R.
Citation: Archives of Women's Mental Health, 2012; 15(2):139-143
Publisher: Springer Wien
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 1434-1816
1435-1102
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Cassandra Dunn, Emma Hanieh, Rachel Roberts and Rosalind Powrie
Abstract: This pilot study explored the effects of an 8-week mindfulness-based cognitive therapy group on pregnant women. Participants reported a decline in measures of depression, stress and anxiety; with these improvements continuing into the postnatal period. Increases in mindfulness and self-compassion scores were also observed over time. Themes identified from interviews describing the experience of participants were: ‘stop and think’, ‘prior experience or expectations', ‘embracing the present’, ‘acceptance’ and ‘shared experience’. Childbirth preparation classes might benefit from incorporating training in mindfulness.
Keywords: Mindfulness; pregnancy; stress; anxiety; depression; intervention
Rights: © Springer-Verlag 2012
RMID: 0020119310
DOI: 10.1007/s00737-012-0264-4
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