The impact of mindfulness-based prenatal yoga on maternal attachment

Research has shown that attachment plays a very important role in a child’s development. A 12-week mindfulness-based prenatal yoga pilot program was evaluated for its effectiveness on mindfulness levels and feelings of attachment throughout pregnancy and during the post-partum period. Fifteen women completed the program. Participant scores were obtained at four time points – baseline, halfway through the program (Time 2), program conclusion (Time 3) and four months after program conclusion (Time 4). Data were collected via the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire to measure feelings of attachment. Participant mindfulness scores increased from baseline to Time 2 (6-weeks into program) and from baseline to Time 3 (program conclusion). Participant attachment scores increased from baseline to the four-month follow-up. The brief and non-invasive nature of this program makes it a possible candidate for increasing feelings of attachment between mother and baby, both pre- and postnatal.