Effects of Implementing the Alexander Technique on Enjoying the Sense of Motherhood in the Postpartum Period
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Iran J Nurs Midwifery Res. 2017 Sep-Oct;22(5):392-397. doi: 10.4103/ijnmr.IJNMR_26_16.
Effects of Implementing the Alexander Technique on Enjoying the Sense of Motherhood in the Postpartum Period.
Banoofatemeh S1, Oreyzi HR2, Bahadoran P3.
Student Research Center, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran.
Department of Psychology and education sciences faculty, School of Eduecational Science, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran.
Department of Nursing and Midwifery Reaserch Centre, Nursing and Midwifery Faculty, Isfahan University of Medical Science, Isfahan, Iran.
The broad concept of maternal well-being includes psychological concepts, social aspects, and aspects of becoming a mother. The present study aimed to investigate the effects of implementing the Alexander technique on enjoying the sense of motherhood.
MATERIALS AND METHODS:
This study was a clinical trial conducted in two phases. In the first phase, using the exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, 226 mothers were asked to undergo a scale test of enjoying the sense of motherhood after childbirth. In the second phase, 88 pregnant women were divided into two experimental groups. The data collection tool was a researcher-made questionnaire about enjoying the sense of motherhood. Independent samples t-test, Mann-Whitney test, Chi-square test, Fisher's exact test, analysis of variance test, Box test, and Levine test were used to analyze the data.
Results of this study showed that the mean scores of the constructs of enjoying pregnancy (P > 0.001), motherhood, and child care satisfaction (P > 0.001) in the experimental group were significantly higher than the control group. Moreover, the construct of trusting their own abilities to cope with maternal duties (P > 0.01) did not show significant differences between the two groups.
The findings indicated that the Alexander technique can promote mothers' psychological well-being and their pleasure of becoming a mother and the related constructs. Results also revealed that using this technique, educating and recommending pregnant women to use this technique will be beneficial.
Alexander technique; Iran; maternal well-being; postpartum period