Mindfulness and maternal depression/anxiety | EPICSS

Mindfulness Based Interventions (MBI:s) have been included in the Swedish national guidelines for depression and anxiety management, and are increasingly being used in health-care. Our research on MBI:s encompasses two research projects:

A novel mindfulness parental programme has in our Randomized Controlled Trial shown good effects on reducing stress and depression in participating parents from pre- to post-intervention. The aim of this study was to examine whether this parental programme is more effective than usual maternal care in preventing adverse psychosocial and health consequences for the infant.

We have also conducted an implementation study of MBP:s in Swedish health care settings. A survey among providers in 20 of Sweden’s 21 regions showed that implementation is often not in line with national guidelines from Socialstyrelsen – MBPs are modified in various ways that is not in line with the evidence base for these programs and a recommendation from our research to support integrity and fidelity of MBP implementation in Sweden, is that a strategic plan and good practice guidelines seem necessary. Also, an evidence-based stepped care model for implementation may work to ensure intervention fidelity in cases where time and funding constraints permit.

Contact person for the project

Maria Niemi

Senior research specialist
K9 Department of Global Public Health



Effects of a mindfulness based childbirth and parenting program on pregnant women's perceived stress and risk of perinatal depression-Results from a randomized controlled trial.
Lönnberg G, Jonas W, Unternaehrer E, Bränström R, Nissen E, Niemi M
J Affect Disord 2020 02;262():133-142

A Scoping Review and Conceptual Model of Social Participation and Mental Health among Refugees and Asylum Seekers.
Niemi M, Manhica H, Gunnarsson D, Ståhle G, Larsson S, Saboonchi F
Int J Environ Res Public Health 2019 10;16(20):

What is learned from Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting Education? - Participants' experiences.
Lönnberg G, Nissen E, Niemi M
BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 2018 Dec;18(1):466



Content reviewer: