Effect of a mindfulness-based pilot intervention on maternal-fetal bonding

Karina M. Shreffler, Stacy Tiemeyer, Lucia Ciciolla, Julie Croff

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This pilot study explored the effects of a two-week mindfulness-based intervention designed to enhance maternal-fetal bonding among pregnant women. Participants who listened to their baby’s heartbeat every day for two weeks and received four texts per week with mindfulness-based activities to do from home reported a significant increase in reported maternal-fetal attachment scores across the study period. Enhancing maternal-fetal bonding through this low-cost intervention has the potential for reducing adverse birth outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-380
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Women's Health
StatePublished - 21 Jun 2019


  • Attachment
  • Bonding
  • Intervention
  • MFAS
  • Mindfulness
  • Pregnancy


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