Yoga online: Inter-conception care to prevent PTSD symptoms after stillbirth

Project: Research project

Description

Bereaved mothers with stillbirth (death at >20 weeks of gestation) have more than a 6-fold higher risk for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) compared to mothers after live birth. PTSD declines at a slower rate among bereaved mothers compared to other bereaved populations and often escalates in subsequent pregnancies. Because more than 85% of women will get pregnant within 18-months, the inter-conception period is a critical time to improve the mental and physical health of bereaved mothers with stillbirth. Non-pharmacological approaches, such as yoga, may be an alternative option for bereaved women with stillbirth. Yoga has been established as an effective, safe, acceptable, and a cost effective approach to improving mental health in a variety of populations, including, pregnant and post-partum women and as a means to cope with PTSD associated with surviving a traumatic event. We are unaware of any studies that have explored yoga to reduce PTSD in bereaved mothers with stillbirth. Furthermore, online-streamed yoga (on-demand videos played in the home) has recently grown in popularity and may address the unique barriers that women with stillbirth may have.
The primary goal of this project is to determine the feasibility and acceptability of a 12-week, home-based, online-streamed yoga (www.Udaya.com) intervention for bereaved mothers with stillbirth. We will also make adaptations and determine acceptability of a control group that can be used for a future, larger trial. Finally, we will explore the preliminary effects (not powered for efficacy) of a home-based, online-streamed, yoga intervention with differing doses (low and moderate) on symptoms of PTSD and its comorbid conditions (i.e., anxiety, depression) and the potential mechanisms (i.e., self-compassion, emotional regulation, and sleep disturbance) by which yoga may improve PTSD symptoms. This is a three-group randomized feasibility pilot study with baseline, post-intervention (12 weeks from baseline), and follow-up (20 weeks from baseline) assessments. Women will be randomized into one of three arms (intervention low dose (LD) = 60 mins/wk yoga; intervention moderate dose (MD) = 150 mins/wk yoga); or a stretch and tone control group (STC).
This study plays an important role in our understanding about yoga and PTSD related outcomes in bereaved mothers with stillbirth. This study will inform the design of a larger study to test the effectiveness of online yoga as a low-cost, non-pharmacological strategy for inter-conception care to improve maternal and fetal outcomes for bereaved mothers with stillbirth.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date8/1/165/31/20

Funding

  • HHS: National Institutes of Health (NIH): $693,794.00

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Yoga
Stillbirth
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Mothers
Mental Health
Costs and Cost Analysis
Pregnancy
Control Groups
Live Birth
Feasibility Studies
Population
Sleep
Anxiety