The Effect of a Mindfulness-Based Transition to Motherhood Programme

Korukcu, O. & Kukulu, K. Health Care for Women International | Published online: 13 April 2017

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Abstract: The purpose of the researchers is to determine the effect of a mindfulness programme on readiness for motherhood, the level of maternal attachment, and on post-partum self-evaluation. We used the quasi-experimental design.

Researchers applied the mindfulness-based Transition to Motherhood programme to the treatment group for seven days. Data was collected between December 2012 and June 2014 in Turkey.

At the end of the study, the treatment group showed improvement in measures of acceptance of pregnancy, level of readiness to give birth, the level of maternal attachment and the level of competence in the role of motherhood.

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Potential benefits of mindfulness during pregnancy

Braeken, M. et al. (2017) Psychophysiology. 54(2) pp. 279-288

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Mindfulness is known to decrease psychological distress. Possible benefits in pregnancy have rarely been explored. Our aim was to examine the prospective association of mindfulness with autonomic nervous system function during pregnancy and with later infant social-emotional development.

Mindfulness in pregnancy was associated with ANS changes likely to be adaptive and with better social-emotional offspring development. Interventions to increase mindfulness during pregnancy might improve maternal and offspring health, but randomized trials are needed to demonstrate this

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