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|Title:||Mindful pregnancy and childbirth: effects of a mindfulness-based intervention on women's psychological distress and well-being in the perinatal period|
|Citation:||Archives of Women's Mental Health, 2012; 15(2):139-143|
|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|
|Appears in Collections:||Psychology publications|
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