Mindfulness-based Intervention for Postnatal Depression

  • End date
    Sep 25, 2021
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    The University of Hong Kong
Updated on 25 January 2021
depressive symptoms
depressed mood


Postnatal psychopathology have adverse impact on both mothers and infants. Few postnatal women with depressive symptoms receive treatment, and pharmacological intervention has not been well accepted due to the medication side-effects. Recently, mindfulness-based interventions were found to be beneficial for symptoms in perinatal and antenatal women with depression. These non-pharmacological interventions require less resources and are more feasible for postnatal women to practice at home. To date, no randomized controlled trial has examined mindfulness-based intervention program as a treatment for women with postnatal depression. The proposed randomized controlled trial aims to examine the effects of an 8-week mindfulness-based intervention program on symptom and cognition for postnatal females with depressive symptoms.

A total of 70 postnatal women with depressive symptoms will be recruited from the psychiatric outpatient clinics in Hong Kong, and will be randomized into two groups: 1) an 8-week mindfulness-based intervention program (n=35); 2) a booklet-based psychoeducation control group (n=35). All participants will be assessed for depression, anxiety, stress, cognition, role functioning, quality of life, sleep quality and mindfulness ability at the baseline, 8 weeks, and 3 months after intervention. The intervention sessions will be held once weekly lasting 90 minutes for 8 weeks.

The investigators primarily hypothesize that participants in the mindfulness-based intervention group will improve depressive symptom after 8 weeks compared with the control group. Secondary, the mindfulness-based intervention will improve anxiety, stress, cognitive functions, sleep quality, quality of life and mindfulness ability.

Condition Postpartum depression, Post-Partum Depression
Treatment Mindfulness-based program (MBI-p-R), Booklet-based psychoeducation
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04332146
SponsorThe University of Hong Kong
Last Modified on25 January 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Females aged from 18 and above
The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale cut-off score of >=9
At least 6 weeks, and up to one and half years after childbirth
Cantonese-speaking Chinese

Exclusion Criteria

Severe physical illness (myocardial infarction, hypertension, fracture, spinal problems in which yoga may be contraindicated), and seizure disorders
Comorbid substance dependence
Women with psychotic depression, severe eating disorders, actively suicidal or obsessive-compulsive disorders
Known pregnancy
A history of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, brain trauma or organic brain disease, mental retardation, or antisocial personality disorder
Practice of mindfulness (in forms of Tai Chi, Qi gong or yoga etc.) more than twice a week during the previous three months
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