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This small randomized pilot study will evaluate feasibility and preliminary outcomes of an audio-delivered mindfulness program to reduce psychological distress for mothers with an infant in neonatal intensive care, as compared with an active control condition.


Clinical Trial Description

An estimated 400,000-480,000 infants in the U.S. with serious medical conditions are cared for in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) each year. Maternal stress exposure related to infants' NICU stays is an under-appreciated public health problem with negative implications for maternal and child health and wellbeing. Flexible, effective intervention strategies have potential to improve maternal mental health and parenting, promoting positive emotional and behavioral outcomes for both mothers and infants.

In the investigators' successful pilot research, the investigators developed an audio-delivered mindfulness program to help NICU mothers reduce rumination and worry, cultivate a state of calm awareness, and promote self care. In this small randomized pilot study, the investigators will randomly assign mothers with an infant in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to receive either the mindfulness intervention or an active control program (audio-delivered education on infant care and development).

This study will evaluate feasibility of all key research aspects, including recruitment, randomization, intervention and control conditions, and assessments, in preparation for a future larger-scale study. This study will also assess preliminary intervention outcomes to identify potential program benefits. ;


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NCT number NCT03942627
Study type Interventional
Source Johns Hopkins University
Contact Tamar Mendelson, Ph.D.
Phone (410)502-6219
Email tmendel1@jhu.edu
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date May 2019
Completion date March 20, 2021

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