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Tracy Donegan, BSc Midwifery, DONA (BDT), CLE (UCSD)

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Perinatal 2017
  • Country: United States

Tracy is a registered midwife, published author and Founder of the award winning GentleBirth App and CBE program. Born in Ireland, Tracy has lived and worked on three continents and currently lives in Silicon Valley, California with her husband and two boys. The experiences and mental health of the woman during pregnancy and throughout the post-pregnancy period are of utmost importance for the well-being of both the mother and her child. Tracy’s vision is to improve mental health in pregnancy through her innovative ‘brain training for birth’ program taught around the world and available through mobile technology in the GentleBirth App.

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Mindfulness as an Intervention to Improve Maternal and Infant Health
A parent’s ability to manage their own stress is one of the most powerful predictors of their children’s well-being. Mindfulness is emerging as an effective intervention for parents regardless of socioeconomic status during pregnancy, birth and the post partum period to build emotional resilience and mental stability. Mindfulness training offers parents an opportunity to develop their internal resources and self-efficacy to adjust to the demands of pregnancy and parenthood, as well as improving emotion regulation and enhancing attachment with their baby. Research suggests that mindfulness may be effective in reducing anxiety and depression in the perinatal period.