Skip to main content Skip to search
Mindful pregnancy and childbirth: effects of a mindfulness-based intervention on women’s psychological distress and well-being in the perinatal period
Archives of Women's Mental Health
Short Title: Mindful pregnancy and childbirth
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2012
Pages: 139 - 143
Sources ID: 110671
Visibility: Public (group default)
Abstract: (Show)
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.