Clinical Trial

Promoting Mother-Baby Bonding

Study Description

Promoting Mother-Baby Bonding Through a Relaxation Routine During Pregnancy

The aims of this study are to determine if: 1. during pregnancy, a progressive muscle relaxation and abdominal touch ritual involving a pleasing scent (i.e. a "relaxation ritual") can, acutely, reduce maternal stress and affect the fetus (in terms of movement, changes in heart rate and heart rate variability); 2. a progressive muscle relaxation and abdominal touch ritual involving a pleasing scent (i.e. a "relaxation ritual") during pregnancy can have an effect on mitochondria functioning in the placenta through reducing maternal stress during pregnancy (based on our recent findings (Monk et al, 2016)); 3. the scent will come to function as a conditioned stimulus such that exposure to the scent postpartum will induce greater maternal relaxation, which will have an effect on the mother-infant interaction and infant physiology; 4. prenatal maternal exposure to scent combined with abdominal touch will lead to mothers' increased likelihood of utilizing infant massage with a lotion of the same scent postpartum; 5. the prenatal ritual and the increased likelihood of engaging in infant massage will lead to a maternal perception of greater mother-infant bonding, attachment and parenting efficacy, and improved maternal mood; 6. the prenatal ritual and the increased likelihood of engaging in infant massage will lead to improved performance on the conjugate reinforcement paradigm conditioning task administered to infants at 4 months of age

Location

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Methods

No pharmaceutical medication involved No pharmaceutical medication involved
Patients and healthy individuals accepted Patients and healthy individuals accepted

Behavioral - Relaxation Exercise

Groups receiving the intervention will be asked to engage in the relaxation protocol every day. Participants will be asked to continue practicing the relaxation protocol for the remainder of their pregnancy. Participants will be instructed to listen to the 7 minute guided muscle relaxation tape and engage in the 3 minute abdominal touch routine in the presence of the scent stick. Participants will be provided with a scent stick of their selected scent to take home. For the duration of the study, ...read more on ClinicalTrials.org

Additional Information

Official Study Title

Promoting Mother-Baby Bonding Through a Relaxation Routine During Pregnancy

Clinical Trial ID

NCT02943083

ParticipAid ID

rb2Aza