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Tracy Donegan

Mindfulness as an Intervention to Improve Maternal and Infant Health

  • Speaker: Tracy Donegan , BSc Midwifery, DONA (BDT), CLE (UCSD)
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
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Abstract:

A parent’s ability to manage their own stress is one of the most powerful predictors of their children’s well-being. Mindfulness is emerging as an effective intervention for parents regardless of socioeconomic status during pregnancy, birth and the post partum period to build emotional resilience and mental stability. Mindfulness training offers parents an opportunity to develop their internal resources and self-efficacy to adjust to the demands of pregnancy and parenthood, as well as improving emotion regulation and enhancing attachment with their baby. Research suggests that mindfulness may be effective in reducing anxiety and depression in the perinatal period.