Journal article

Antenatal mindfulness intervention to reduce depression, anxiety and stress: a pilot randomised controlled trial of the MindBabyBody program in an Australian tertiary maternity hospital

Hannah Woolhouse, Kristine Mercuri, Fiona Judd, Stephanie J Brown



BACKGROUND: Mindfulness interventions to reduce psychological distress are well-suited to pregnancy, due to their brief and non-pharmacological nature, but there is a need for more robust evidence determining their usefulness. This pilot study was designed to explore the feasibility of a randomised controlled trial of a mindfulness intervention to reduce antenatal depression, anxiety and stress. METHODS: The study was designed in two parts 1) a non-randomised trial targeting women at risk of mental health problems (a selected population) and 2) a randomised controlled trial (RCT) of a universal population. Process evaluation focused on feasibility of recruitment pathways, participant retenti..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We are extremely grateful to all women who took part in the study. We acknowledge the support provided by Prof. Jan Nicholson in the study design phase, and the valuable data analysis support provided by Susan Donath and Deirdre Gartland. Thanks also to staff at the Royal Women's Hospital who assisted in the recruitment and implementation process. The pilot study was funded by a project grant awarded to the Healthy Mothers Healthy Families research team by the Population Health Theme at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Murdoch Childrens Research Institute research is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Program. SB is supported by an ARC Future Fellowship, and an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship. The funding organisations had no involvement in the conduct of the study, and the authors are independent of the funding sources. All authors had access to the study data and were responsible for the decision to submit the paper for publication.