Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP): Innovation in birth preparation to support healthy, happy families

Duncan, Larissa G.; Shaddix, Catherine
January 2015
International Journal of Birth & Parent Education;Winter2015, Vol. 2 Issue 2, p30
Academic Journal
Childbirth education programs are widely delivered throughout the industrialized world. In the USA, approximately 3.9 million women give birth each year (Hamilton et al., 2013) and approximately half of them attend some form of childbirth preparation course (Declercq et al., 2013). There is unfortunately little evidence that childbirth education, as currently structured, is effective in producing beneficial impact on the birth experience (Gagnon & Sandall, 2007) and may instead cause the undesirable result of increasing women's fear of childbirth (Sorenson, 1990). Maternal stress in general is linked with preterm birth (National Research Council, 2007) and more focused examinations of fear of childbirth have demonstrated its links with adverse birth outcomes, such as greater risk of emergency cesarean (Laursen et al., 2009). An innovative and efficacious approach to childbirth education is needed, which is the aim of our research on the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) program.


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