Mindfulness-based relationship education for couples expecting their first child-part 2: phenomenological findings

J Marital Fam Ther. 2015 Jan;41(1):25-41. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12065. Epub 2014 Jan 21.


This phenomenological study is the second phase of a larger mixed methods study of a relationship-enhancement program for couples expecting their first child (see Gambrel & Piercy, this issue). The 4-week Mindful Transition to Parenthood Program uses mindfulness practices and interpersonal activities to develop skills of internal and interpersonal attunement. Based on semi-structured interviews with thirteen couples, four overarching themes emerged: (a) positive changes for self, (b) improvements in couple relationship, (c) more prepared for baby, and (d) male involvement. Participants stated that the program increased their acceptance and awareness, deepened connections with their partners, and led them to be more confident about becoming parents. Male participants felt they became more identified as fathers. The authors discuss the clinical implications of these findings.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mindfulness / methods*
  • Parents / education*
  • Prenatal Education / methods*
  • Qualitative Research
  • Spouses / education*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult