Enrollment in this program has now closed.
The University of Washington’s Center for Child and Family Well-Being (CCFW) has developed three programs to support pregnant women and new moms. The goal of these programs is to help new parents adjust and experience the joys of parenting more fully. A theme throughout the programs was incorporating mindfulness, which means paying attention in the present moment without judgment. Mindfulness has been shown in previous research to be very helpful in reducing stress and promoting health.
All three of the programs included:
- Group classes held weekly for 6 weeks.
- Two individual sessions with program staff.
- Practical skills for managing the joys and challenges of becoming a parent.
- Mindfulness-based stress management that can be applied to birth or parenting.
- Self-care tools that support calm and connected parenting.
- An opportunity to address participant concerns one-on-one, and to receive individual support.
The three different programs are:
- A prenatal childbirth class that aims to support healthy and positive childbirth experiences, and offers information and skills to prepare for childbirth and parenting a newborn.
- A class for new moms that helps reduce stress, ease the transition to being a new parent and support positive connections with the baby.
- A parenting skills class for new moms that supports sensitive, responsive, consistent parenting and positive parent-infant relationships.
Participants are asked to meet with research staff at the University of Washington for four assessment meetings, where they complete surveys and participate in activities with their baby.
Participants were eligible if:
- Expecting their first baby;
- Less than 33 weeks pregnant, with a single baby (not twins or multiples);
- 18 years of age or older;
- English-speaking; and
- A household income of less than $45,000.