Presentation Title

Mental and Physical Support (MAPS) for Moms: The Development of a Prenatal Support Group for Expecting Mothers

Advisor Information

Danae Dinkel

Location

Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library

Presentation Type

Poster

Start Date

2-3-2018 9:00 AM

End Date

2-3-2018 10:15 AM

Abstract

The Physical Activity in Health Promotion lab partnered with Well Mama Fitness Studio to develop a prenatal fitness program that combined physical activity and education. An 8-week pilot program was developed and consisted of mothers engaging in physical activity classes 2x/week followed by either a speaker or group discussion. The education topics were determined based on mothers’ suggestions via a pre-program survey. Mothers were most interested in receiving information on childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting. Program measurements included assessing social support and exercise self-efficacy via a pre/post survey as well as program feasibility by tracking attendance and reasons for absences. A follow-up focus group will also be utilized to assess mothers’ perceptions and recommendations for improvements to the program. A mid-point evaluation has determined attendance is a key program barrier that needs to be addressed in future programming. This program is set to end on March 3rd, 2018.

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Mental and Physical Support (MAPS) for Moms: The Development of a Prenatal Support Group for Expecting Mothers

Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library

The Physical Activity in Health Promotion lab partnered with Well Mama Fitness Studio to develop a prenatal fitness program that combined physical activity and education. An 8-week pilot program was developed and consisted of mothers engaging in physical activity classes 2x/week followed by either a speaker or group discussion. The education topics were determined based on mothers’ suggestions via a pre-program survey. Mothers were most interested in receiving information on childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting. Program measurements included assessing social support and exercise self-efficacy via a pre/post survey as well as program feasibility by tracking attendance and reasons for absences. A follow-up focus group will also be utilized to assess mothers’ perceptions and recommendations for improvements to the program. A mid-point evaluation has determined attendance is a key program barrier that needs to be addressed in future programming. This program is set to end on March 3rd, 2018.