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Mindfulness-based Interventions for Antenatal Depression or Anxiety: Perspectives of Midwives

Celedonia, Karen Lynn (2010) Mindfulness-based Interventions for Antenatal Depression or Anxiety: Perspectives of Midwives. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Antenatal depression and anxiety are significant public health problems. Birth and neonatal outcomes suffer as a result of maternal depression and anxiety during pregnancy. As such, effectively treating depression and anxiety in the expectant mother is imperative to the overall health of mother and child. Psychopharmaceuticals are effective in alleviating depressed and anxious symptoms, but the evidence of the safety of their use during pregnancy is inconclusive. Furthermore, pregnant women themselves express the desire for non-psychopharmaceutical options when deciding how to manage their depression or anxiety. Mindfulness-based interventions show promise as a non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical option for managing negative affective states. To help predict the likelihood of a successful adoption of mindfulness-based interventions, midwives' perspectives on using mindfulness in clinical settings with their depressed or anxious patients were investigated. Results indicated favorable attitudes towards using mindfulness, along with various barriers that may prevent the adoption of mindfulness in clinical settings.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Celedonia, Karen
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairAlbert, Steven Msmalbert@pitt.eduSMALBERT
Committee MemberKeane, Christopher Rcrkcity@pitt.eduCRKCITY
Committee MemberCatov, Janet
Date: 28 January 2010
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 30 November 2009
Approval Date: 28 January 2010
Submission Date: 4 December 2009
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: antenatal depression; mindfulness
Other ID:, etd-12042009-132848
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:08
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:53


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