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Expectful’s Helping Hand Program

Do you work with low income families or underserved communities? At Expectful, we believe every woman who’s preparing to conceive, pregnant, or a new mom should have access to our meditations, regardless of personal circumstances. We would be glad to provide access to your patients who may not have the financial means to afford the subscription.

fertility science



Enhanced Fertility

Hormonal imbalance can affect important chemical signaling in the body and cause problems with ovulation (1). Meditation influences hormone centers that can promote hormone balance, which may help with conception (2).

Balanced Hormones

Studies have shown that stress is linked to reduced fertility in both males and females (3). In one study of 291 women undergoing IVF treatment, it was found that anxiety and depression also negatively affected fertility (4). Meditating regularly is known to benefit psychological health and stress management skills (5).

Reduced Stress

Mindfulness practices can enhance emotional regulation, compassion, as well as self-kindness (5). These qualities may help your patient maintain and strengthen relationships with their loved ones, and provide a warm and loving environment for their baby.

Stronger Relationships

Meditation has been associated with increased positivity towards others, which may be an effective tool for managing marital conflicts, anger, and stress (6).

Increased Compassion

When practiced regularly, meditation has the potential to promote fertility by stimulating the release of pregnancy hormones from the brain and ovaries, which can be inhibited by stress (2,5). By regularly engaging in mindfulness practices, your patients may be able to better prepare their body for conception.

  1. Olooto, W.E., Amballi, A.A., & Banjo, T.A. (2012). A review of female infertility: Important etiological factors and management. Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology Research, 2(3), 379-385.
  2. Infante, J. R., Torres-Avisbal, M., Pinel, P., Vallejo, J. A., Peran, F., Gonzalez, F… & Latre, J.M. (2001). Catecholamine levels in practitioners of the transcendental meditation technique. Physiology & Behavior, 7, 141-146.
  3. Whirledge, S., & Cidlowski, J. A. (2010). Glucocorticoids, stress, and fertility. Minerva Endocrinologica, 35(2), 109-125.
  1. Smeenk, J.M.J.m Verhaak, C.M., Eugster, A., van Minnen, A., Zeilhuis, G.A., & Braat, D.D.M. (2001). The effect of anxiety and depression on the outcome of in-vitro fertilization. Human Reproduction, 16(7), 1420-1423.
  2. Marchand, W. R. (2012). Mindfulness-based stress reduction, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and Zen meditation for depression, anxiety, pain, and psychological distress. Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 18(4), 233-252.
  3. Hofmann, S. G., Grossman, P., & Hinton, D. E. (2011). Loving-kindness and compassion meditation: Potential for psychological interventions. Clinical Psychology Review, 31(7), 1126-1132.

pregnancy science

Reduced Stress & Anxiety

Practicing regular meditation and mindfulness during pregnancy can significantly reduce stress (1) and anxiety levels (2).

Increased Connection

Meditation increases individual’s ability to recognize emotions in others and to practice compassion (7).

Improved Child Outcome

Mindfulness training during pregnancy has been associated with more optimal infant outcomes, including fewer problems with self-regulation and negative affectivity (3). It has also been related to better sound processing among babies (4).

Reduced Pain During Labor

A study of a group of people who attended a four-day mindfulness meditation training found that they were able to decrease the intensity of painful stimulus by 40 percent (5). Researchers have also discovered that meditators have significantly lower pain sensitivity (6).

Healthy Pregnancy

A study that explored preterm birth found that women that participated in a mindfulness training program were 50% less likely to give birth early than women with no mindfulness education (1).

Enhanced Immunity

Meditation enhances the body’s immune function (8).

  1. Sriboonpimsuay W., Promthet S., Thinkhamrop J., & Krisanaprakornkit, T. (2011). Meditation for preterm birth prevention: A randomized controlled trial in Udonthani, Thailand.. International Journal of Public Health Research, 1(1), 31-39.
  2. Vieten C, Astin J. (2008). Effects of a mindfulness-based intervention during pregnancy on prenatal stress and mood: Results of a pilot study. Archive of Women’s Mental Health, 11, 67-74.
  3. Van den Heuvel M.I., Johannes, M.A., Henrichs, J., & Van den Bergh, B.R.H. (2015). Maternal mindfulness during pregnancy and infant socio-emotional development and temperament: The mediating role of maternal anxiety. Early Human Development, 91(2), 103-108​.
  4. Van den Heuvel, M.I., Donkers, F.C.L., Wilkler, I., Otte, R.A., & Van den Bergh, B.R.H. (2015). Maternal mindfulness and anxiety during pregnancy affect infants’ neural responses to sounds. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 10, 453-460.
  1. Zeidan, F., Martucci, K.T., Kraft, R.A., Gordon, N.S., McHaffie, J.G., & Coghill, R.C. (2011). Brain mechanisms supporting modulation of pain by mindfulness meditation. Journal of Neuroscience, 31(14), 5540-5548.
  2. Grant, J., Courtemanche, J., Duerden, E.G., Duncan, G.H., & Rainville, P. (2010). Cortical thickness and pain sensitivity in zen meditators. Emotion, 10(1), 43–53.
  3. Kemeny, M.E., Foltz, C., Cavanagh, J.F., Cullen, M., Giese-Davis, J., Jennings, P., … Ekman, P. (2012). Contemplative/Emotion training reduces negative emotional behavior and promotes prosocial responses. Emotion, 12(2), 338-350.
  4. Davidson, R.J., Kabat-Zinn, J., Schumacher, J., Rosenkranz, M., Muller, D., Santorelli, S.F., … Sheridan, J.F. (2003). Alterations in brain and immune function produced by mindfulness meditation. Psychosomatic Medicine, 65, 564–570.

motherhood science



Higher Quality
Sleep

Studies have shown that individuals who practice meditation experience higher quality sleep than non-meditators (1).

Reduced Risk of
Postpartum Depression

At least 1 in 10 women experience postpartum depression, although the prevalence may actually be much higher (7). Mindfulness practices have been associated with reduced depression during and following pregnancy (8), which may improve psychological health (2).

Enhanced Emotional
Regulation

Mindfulness practices are associated with increased emotional regulation, which increases the ability to act in accordance with core values rather than transient emotions (3). This may allow your patients to control, rather than be controlled by, unpleasant situations.

Increased
Lactogenesis

Breastfeeding has long been considered beneficial for both mothers and infants (4). However, stress is known to reduce milk production (5). Engaging in a regular meditation practice may help your patients to maximize their ability to nurse naturally.

Tolerance for
Uncertainty

Learning to navigate parenthood can create feelings of uncertainty. Mindfulness practice has been associated with less fear of the unknown, which may allow your patients to better cope with the stresses of parenting (6).

  1. Nagendra, R. P., Maruthai, N., & Kutty, B. M. (2012). Meditation and its regulatory role on sleep. Frontiers in Neurology, 3(54), 1-4.
  2. Vieten C, Astin J. (2008). Effects of a mindfulness-based intervention during pregnancy on prenatal stress and mood: Results of a pilot study. Archive of Women’s Mental Health, 11, 67-74.
  3. Marchand, W. R. (2012). Mindfulness-based stress reduction, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and Zen meditation for depression, anxiety, pain, and psychological distress. Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 18(4), 233-252.
  4. Keith, D. R., Weaver, B. S., & Vogel, R. L. (2012). The effect of music-based listening interventions on the volume, fat content, and caloric content of breast milk–produced by mothers of premature and critically ill infants. Advances in Neonatal Care, 12(2), 112-119.
  1. Dewey, K. G. (2001). Maternal and fetal stress are associated with impaired lactogenesis in humans. The Journal of Nutrition, 131(11), 3012S-3015S.
  2. Kraemer, K.M., O’Bryan, E.M., & McLeish, A.C. (2016). Intolerance of uncertainty as a mediator of the relationship between mindfulness and health anxiety. Mindfulness, 7(4), 859-865.
  3. Halbreich, U., & Karkun, S. (2006). Cross-cultural and social diversity of prevalence of postpartum depression and depressive symptoms. Journal of Affective Disorders, 91, 97-111.
  4. Dimidjian, S., Goodman, S.H., Felder, J.N., Gallop, R., Brown, A.P., & Beck, A. (2015). An open trial of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for the prevention of perinatal depressive relapse/recurrence. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 18(1), 85-94.