Wellness for 2: Understanding How to Foster Well Being for Mom and Her Baby

Conditions:Women's Studies
Therapuetic Areas:Reproductive
Age Range:18 - Any
Start Date:March 2016
End Date:January 2020
Contact:Rita Rossi, MA

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Efficacy of a Prenatal Yoga Intervention for Antenatal Depression

This NICHD-funded RCT will enroll up to 178 depressed pregnant women, randomly assigning them
to one of 2 intervention conditions: (1) a gentle prenatal yoga program (PYP), or (2) a
series of educational workshops focused on perinatal health, the Mom and Baby Wellness
Workshop (MBWW), each condition lasting 9 weeks. The investigators will clinically monitor
all participants in the study for safety and clinical deterioration, and measure a variety of
symptom outcomes over the course of the intervention period during pregnancy, as well as at a
postpartum follow-up.

In this randomized controlled trial, eligible women will be randomly assigned to either a
9-week Prenatal Yoga Program (PYP) vs. a 9-week health education control group, the
Mother-Baby Wellness Workshop (MBWW). Follow up assessments will take place at multiple
points during the study. The primary study outcome will be severity of prenatal depression
assessed by a blind interviewer. The investigators will examine relevant secondary outcomes
(self-reported depression, anxiety, functioning, & pain; pre-term birth) and potential
mediators (inflammation, mindfulness/non-judgment).

Inclusion Criteria:

1. Healthy singleton pregnancy, 12-27 weeks gestation

2. Medically cleared for moderate exercise

3. Depression symptoms in moderate range. Participants must have an Quick Inventory of
Depressive Symptoms (QIDS; [119]) score between 8-20

4. English-speaking

5. Aged 18 or older

Exclusion Criteria:

1. New or unstable depression treatment

2. Currently a regular yoga practitioner

3. Bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, psychotic depression, chronic psychosis

4. Current hazardous drug or alcohol use

5. Acute suicidality
We found this trial at
345 Blackstone Blvd
Providence, Rhode Island 02906
(401) 455-6200
Phone: 401-455-6371
Butler Hospital Founded in 1844, Butler Hospital is the state's only non-profit, free-standing psychiatric hospital...
Providence, RI
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