Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Mindful Motherhooth: Practical Ways for Staying Sane during Pregnancy and Your Child's First Year

Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Mindful Motherhooth: Practical Ways for Staying Sane during Pregnancy and Your Child's First Year

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Mindful Motherhood: Practical Ways for Staying Sane During Pregnancy and Your Child's First Year by Cassandra Vieten, PhD. Publication date: May 1, 2009. New Harbinger/Noetic Books. ISBN: 1572246294 200 pages. Price: $16.95. On the web: www.mindfulmotherhood.org

A number of parenting books exist but few directly address the enormous psychological changes that happen to women during pregnancy and the adjustment needed in the first year of their baby's new life. "... From hormones to stretch marks, labor pains to diaper changes, motherhood is an adventure like none other. The rapid changes in your body, your lifestyle, and your very identity call for a certain mental and emotional agility. Mindfulness can help you meet the challenge and approach every experience with your new baby with open eyes and an open heart." So presents author Cassandra Vieten, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist, and Director of Research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Also a co-director of the Mind Body Medicine Research Group at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute in San Francisco, CA, and co-president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology, Dr. Vieten brings impressive credentials to this effort. (Qualifications for mindful motherhood through on-the-job training too, as Cassandra is the mom of eightyear-old Indigo.)

Thus, Mindful Motherhood is unique in that it is all about increasing a mother's capacity for mindful awareness to enhance the quality of her new relationship with her baby. "Mindful motherhood, simply put, is being present, in your body, and connected with your baby no matter what is happening." And if the baby senses that he is safe, states Dr. Vieten, that the mother is solid, and that his own overwhelming experiences are not overwhelming the parent, that lays the groundwork for him developing a strong and secure sense of self. …

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