Mindfulness approaches to childbirth and parenting. Journal Article uri icon



  • Mindfulness meditation is increasingly being used as a way of managing pain, reducing stress and anxiety and, in the form of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), as a way of reducing the risk of recurrence in depression (NICE, 2004). This article considers its potential for parents preparing for childbirth focusing on three areas: managing pain during pregnancy and labour; reducing risk of perinatal depression; and increasing 'availability' of attention for the infant. The encouraging evidence to date suggests the possibility that mindfulness has an important contribution to make, both for reducing vulnerability in high-risk groups and as a universal intervention.

publication date

  • October 1, 2009

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Date in CU Experts

  • October 31, 2014 4:51 AM

Full Author List

  • Hughes A; Williams M; Bardacke N; Duncan LG; Dimidjian S; Goodman SH

author count

  • 6

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0969-4900

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 630

end page

  • 635


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