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Effect of a mindfulness-based pilot intervention on maternal-fetal bonding

Authors Shreffler KM, Tiemeyer S, Ciciolla L, Croff JM

Received 1 February 2019

Accepted for publication 22 April 2019

Published 21 June 2019 Volume 2019:11 Pages 377—380

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/IJWH.S203836

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single-blind

Peer reviewers approved by Ms Justinn Cochran

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Professor Elie Al-Chaer


Karina M Shreffler,1 Stacy Tiemeyer,1 Lucia Ciciolla,2 Julie M Croff3

1Department of Human Development and Family Science, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA; 2Department of Psychology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA; 3Department of Rural Health, Center for Health Sciences, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa, OK, USA

Abstract: This pilot study explored the effects of a two-week mindfulness-based intervention designed to enhance maternal-fetal bonding among pregnant women. Participants who listened to their baby’s heartbeat every day for two weeks and received four texts per week with mindfulness-based activities to do from home reported a significant increase in reported maternal-fetal attachment scores across the study period. Enhancing maternal-fetal bonding through this low-cost intervention has the potential for reducing adverse birth outcomes.

Keywords: pregnancy, mindfulness, intervention, attachment, bonding, MFAS

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