This evaluation report looks at the feasibility of implementing our Pregnancy in Mind service.
Pregnancy in Mind is an antenatal programme that aims to improve the mental health of parents-to-be who are experiencing, or at risk of, mild or moderate anxiety or depression. Through mindfulness, active relaxation, psychoeducation and social support the programme helps to develop parents’ coping skills and build positive parent-child relationships. The programme places a focus on supporting the development of the parent-foetal relationship as well as the positive couple/co-parenting relationship.
Based on findings from our evaluation of the first phase of Pregnancy in Mind during 2015-2017, we revised and adapted the service model.
In phase two we carried out a process evaluation of the revised model using a mixed-methods approach. This included semi-structured interviews with programme participants and practitioners, and an analysis of case data. This enabled us to capture the experiences of mothers and their partners across all the sites delivering Pregnancy in Mind.
Authors: Elizabeth Thomas, Sophie Johnston, Nicola McConnell and Emma Belton.
After participating in the eight week service, parents-to-be experienced statistically significant improvements in their mental health:
The report makes some recommendations for changes to practice within Pregnancy in Mind.
Please cite as: Thomas, E., Johnston, S., McConnell, N. and Belton, E. (2020) Pregnancy in mind process evaluation. London: NSPCC.
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