Introduction: Many patients have mental health concerns during the peripartum period. These include, but are not limited to, depression, stress, and anxiety. There is emerging research showing that using mindfulness exercises during this period can decrease these symptoms. Methods: In this study, an integrative review of the literature was used. The search strategy began with three electronic databases (PubMed, CINAHL, and Google Scholar). Inclusion and exclusion criteria were applied. The final sample for this review was composed of 16 studies that examined mindfulness during pregnancy and the postpartum period, and its relationship to depression, anxiety, and perceived stress. Results: The initial search identified 1577 articles. Inclusion and exclusion criteria were applied, and duplicates were removed, leaving 47 articles for full text review. 16 original studies met all inclusion and exclusion criteria and were used to complete this review. Findings from all 16 studies supported the use of mindfulness-based interventions as a way to reduce peripartum depression, anxiety, and perceived stress. Discussion: This is the first integrative review completed with updated research that shows the benefits of mindfulness during the peripartum period. The use of mindfulness-based interventions can be combined with traditional prenatal care to reduce peripartum depression, anxiety, and perceived stress levels.
Andrzejczak, J. A., & Berscheit, K. J. (2022). Mindfulness and Its Impact on Perinatal and Postpartum Depression, Anxiety, and Perceived Stress: An Integrative Review [Masterʼs thesis, Bethel University]. Spark Repository. https://spark.bethel.edu/etd/788