Last updated on August 2018

Insomnia and Rumination in Late Pregnancy and the Risk for Postpartum Depression


Brief description of study

The primary objective of the proposed research is to determine whether prenatal insomnia and ruminative thinking predict severity of postpartum depression (PPD) symptoms. Additionally, the investigators will also determine the effectiveness of digital/internet-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (dCBTI) in reducing the risk for PPD.

Detailed Study Description

The purpose of this study is to 1) explore the relationship between prenatal insomnia, ruminative thinking and the severity of PPD symptoms. and 2) determine the effectiveness of Digital Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (dCBTI) in reducing the risk for postpartum depression in pregnant mothers entering into their third trimester. dCBTI is an online form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that is used with people who experience trouble sleeping at night (insomniacs). As pregnant women are especially vulnerable to sleep problems during this period, this study will help us determine whether dCBTI is helpful in improving sleep and reducing the risk for PPD in this population.

Pregnant women entering their third trimester will be recruited from the Henry Ford Health System through the HFHS Electronic Medical Record (EPIC). They will receive an email from study personnel describing the study, and encouraged to schedule a phone call to discuss study details. Participants will then complete a consent and an online screening survey. Upon meeting inclusion criteria, participants will complete weekly surveys and randomized into one of 2 active online insomnia treatment conditions. Each treatment involves 6 weekly "sessions" which each take up to 20 minutes to complete.

Subjects will complete weekly online surveys beginning at week 30 of pregnancy, and continuing through 6 weeks after giving birth.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03596879

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