mbcp research

Principal Investigator: Larissa Duncan, PhD

Elizabeth C. Davies Chair in Child & Family Well-Being and Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

initial findings

Increased positive affect

Increased childbirth self-efficacy

Increased mindfulness

Decreased pregnancy-related anxiety

Decreased perceived stress

Decreased fear of childbirth

Decreased pain catastrophizing

Decreased postpartum depression symptoms 


professional publications & peer-reviewed articles

  1. 2009: “Mindfulness approaches to childbirth and parenting” in the British Journal of Midwifery

  2. 2009:  “A Model of Mindful Parenting: Implications for Parent–Child Relationships and Prevention Research.” in the Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review

  3. 2010: “Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Education (MBCP): Promoting Family Mindfulness During the Perinatal Period” in the Journal of Child and Family Studies

  4. 2012: “A mindfulness approach to antenatal preparation” in the British Journal of Midwifery

  5. 2013: “Mindfulness in maternity” in the British Journal of Midwifery

  6. 2014: “Mind in labor: Effects of mind/body training on childbirth appraisals and pain medication use during labor” [abstract] in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

  7. 2014: “Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP): A health promotion model for childbirth education” in the International Journal of Birth & Parent Education

  8. 2015: “Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP): Innovation in birth preparation to support healthy, happy families” in the International Journal of Birth & Parent Education

  9. 2016: “Mindfulness in Maternity: Evaluation of a Course for Midwives” in the British Journal of Midwifery

  10. 2016: “‘I’ve Changed My Mind,’ Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) for pregnant women with a high level of fear of childbirth and their partners: study protocol of the quasi-experimental controlled trial” in BMC Psychiatry

  11. 2017: “CenteringPregnancy With Mindfulness Skills: Enhancing the Thread of Presence” in The CenteringPregnancy® Model (pp. 188-202)

  12. 2017: “Benefits of preparing for childbirth with mindfulness training: a randomized controlled trial with active comparison” in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth

  13. 2018: “Experiences of Postpartum Women after Mindfulness Childbirth Classes: A Qualitative Study” in Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health

  14. 2018: “What is learned from Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting Education? – Participants’ experiences” in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth

  15. 2020: "Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting: Preparing a new generation for childbirth and beyond" in Handbook of Mindfulness-Based Programmes


Coming soon!

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