Mental health difficulties in pregnancy and the first-year post-partum affect not an insignificant proportion of mothers. Untreated mental health difficulties, including common mental health difficulties including anxiety and depression, can impact the development of the parent-infant bond, may have long-term consequences for child development, and are linked to a greater risk of adverse psychiatric outcomes. Mindfulness-based approaches delivered in pregnancy and the post-partum period offer an acceptable and effective psychological intervention for women, at relatively low cost and broad population reach. They can also be tailored to women’s and families’ individual circumstances – such as through digital delivery. The chapter reviews the literature on associations between mindfulness and perinatal psychological and emotional wellbeing. The distinctions between different types of mindfulness-informed interventions (MIIs) including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and Mindfulness Informed Perinatal Yoga are highlighted. Authors address the potential mental health impacts of MIIs on maternal and child outcomes, focusing on the literature on associations between MIIs and reductions in maternal anxiety and depression in the perinatal period. Finally, they consider the likely mechanisms of change in MIIs and explore some of the key unanswered questions in the literature.
|Title of host publication||Mindfulness in the Birth Sphere|
|Subtitle of host publication||Practice for Pre-conception to the Critical 1000 Days and Beyond|
|Editors||Lorna Davies, Susan Crowther|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis Group|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 21 Dec 2022|