Mindfulness and Pregnancy

Mindfulness for Mums – Relaxation Classes for mums and mums-to-be

I was delighted to read in The Guardian recently that a new initiative by the NSPCC has been established to support parents’ mental health during pregnancy and the year following the birth of their child.

Recent research reported in The Telegraph suggests that as many as one in three mums-to-be will experience depression in pregnancy.  

When I established my dedicated resource to maternal mental health in 2004, the figure was believed to be around 1 in ten.  From the hundreds of women who have contacted me since, I had a sense we were just scratching the surface.   When I spoke about my experience in The Guardian in 2008, the figures reported were comparatively low compared to now, although at last depression in pregnancy was showing up on the healthcare radar.

The causes of poor mental health in pregnancy vary from woman to woman; a history of miscarriage or still birth may be just one of the many reasons, for others the baby may be unplanned or unwanted. Finding ways to support women and their partners or families when they’re suffering is a step in the right direction.

The NSPCC’s initiative is called Pregnancy in Mind, and at the moment seems to be run by volunteers – it’s only available in Swindon at the time of writing.  Hopefully the programme will be rolled out across the country and more parents can benefit soon. 

As a qualified therapist trained in Mindfulness, I also offer mindfulness sessions in and around Milton Keynes.

Mindfulness for Mums – Relaxation Classes for mums and mums-to-be

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