Telemedicine Mindfulness-based Therapy for Perinatal Insomnia: An Open-label Trial.

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    Henry Ford Health System
Updated on 22 September 2023
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Over half of pregnant and postpartum women experience clinical insomnia. However, treatment options are very limited for pregnant women and moms of newborns. Sleep aids are not considered safe during pregnancy and may increase risks about safety for mom and baby during postpartum. Recent clinical trials show that behavioral and mindfulness-based treatments can safely improve sleep and mood during pregnancy. Yet, no published studies to date have combined behavioral sleep treatment with mindfulness-based stress reduction to improve sleep and mood at the same time in pregnant and postpartum women. This study is the first to combine behavioral sleep strategies with mindfulness-meditation to improve sleep and psychological wellbeing of expecting and new moms.

The purpose of this research study is to examine the effectiveness of a mindfulness-based intervention for prenatal insomnia via telemedicine format to improve sleep and mood as well as reduce stress in pregnant women.


The purpose of this open-label trial is to determine the efficacy of and patient engagement in mindfulness-based intervention for prenatal insomnia delivered via telemedicine. The investigators' long-term goal is to improve sleep and mood of expecting and new mothers. Over half of pregnant women develop insomnia, which is associated with high rates of depression during pregnancy and postpartum. By successfully treating insomnia during pregnancy and improving cognitive-emotion regulation, mental health of pregnant women and new moms may be greatly improved. In a prior clinical trial, Dr. Kalmbach (PI) showed that online cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI) greatly improved sleep during pregnancy, and offered some protection against sleep problems after childbirth. Women in this trial were highly satisfied with CBTI and especially its remote delivery. However, the investigators identified important shortcomings of online CBTI in this population. Namely, patients provided feedback that reducing cognitive arousal (ie ruminative or worrisome thinking) was an important therapeutic target, that more mindfulness-based approaches and strategies would improve treatment, and that greater emphasis on maternal and infant sleep would also enhance the treatment experience. Thus, the investigators will conduct an open label trial to collect pilot data on the efficacy of a telemedicine mindfulness-based intervention for prenatal insomnia that has been tailored for pregnant women. Specifically, the investigators will conduct this open-label trial of 50 pregnant women to preliminary test the efficacy, patient adherence, patient engagement, and patient satisfaction with this telemedicine program.

This open-label trial will enroll 50 pregnant women (gestational age 18-30 weeks at study entry) who will receive 6 sessions of 'Perinatal Understanding of Mindful Awareness for Sleep' (PUMAS) via telemedicine video with a therapist. Patients will complete this treatment during pregnancy. This program was based on Dr. Jason Ong's Mindfulness-Based Therapy for Insomnia, which combined CBTI and mindfulness meditation, and it has been tailored for perinatal women. The investigators will assess study outcomes before treatment and after treatment. Study outcomes will include insomnia symptoms, depressive symptoms, and cognitive arousal. The investigators will also assess patient engagement (number of completed sessions, homework adherence) and collect patient feedback (e.g., treatment satisfaction).

Condition Insomnia
Treatment PUMAS
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04443959
SponsorHenry Ford Health System
Last Modified on22 September 2023

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