Antenatal parenting support for vulnerable women: an exploratory randomised controlled trial of mellow bumps versus chill-out in pregnancy or care as usual

White, J., Thompson, L. , Puckering, C., Waugh, H., Henderson, M. , MacBeth, A. and Wilson, P. (2015) Antenatal parenting support for vulnerable women: an exploratory randomised controlled trial of mellow bumps versus chill-out in pregnancy or care as usual. British Journal of Midwifery, 23(10), pp. 724-732. (doi:10.12968/bjom.2015.23.10.724)

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Abstract

Background: Social adversity and poor maternal mental health during pregnancy can have long-term adverse effects on the infant's health, social and educational outcomes. Stress in pregnancy may have direct physiological effects on the fetus, as well as impairing development of maternal sensitivity to the infant. Improved antenatal support and more effective engagement with ‘high-risk’ expectant mothers is needed. Method: Pregnant women meeting high-risk criteria were invited to participate. Participants (n=35) were randomly allocated in clusters of six to either Mellow Bumps (a 6-week antenatal parenting programme that aims to decrease maternal stress levels and emphasises the importance of early interaction in enhancing brain development and attachment), Chill-out in Pregnancy (a 6-week stress reduction programme) or care-as-usual. Results: The interventions are promising in terms of maternal mental health. Qualitative feedback suggested that the interventions' format was acceptable. A larger trial may be justified if effect sizes can be estimated with more precision.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wilson, Dr Philip and MacBeth, Mr Angus and Thompson, Dr Lucy and White, Mrs Jane and Henderson, Dr Marion and Puckering, Dr Christine
Authors: White, J., Thompson, L., Puckering, C., Waugh, H., Henderson, M., MacBeth, A., and Wilson, P.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
Journal Name:British Journal of Midwifery
Publisher:Mark Allen Group
ISSN:0969-4900
ISSN (Online):2052-4307
Published Online:01 October 2015

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