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Archives of Women's Mental Health

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 139–143 | Cite as

Mindful pregnancy and childbirth: effects of a mindfulness-based intervention on women’s psychological distress and well-being in the perinatal period

  • Cassandra Dunn
  • Emma Hanieh
  • Rachel Roberts
  • Rosalind Powrie
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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 

Notes

Conflicts of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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© Springer-Verlag 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Cassandra Dunn
    • 1
  • Emma Hanieh
    • 2
  • Rachel Roberts
    • 1
  • Rosalind Powrie
    • 3
  1. 1.School of PsychologyUniversity of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Discipline of Psychiatry, School of MedicineUniversity of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia
  3. 3.Discipline of Paediatrics and Psychiatry, School of MedicineUniversity of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

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