|Professor Ju,ie Jomeen|
Catriona Jones, Professor Julie Jomeen, and Dr Fran Wadephul recently completed a 12 month evaluation of an antenatal programme, using a number of evidence based measures; the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) for emotional wellbeing, the Pictorial Representation of Attachment Measure (PRAMS) and the Maternal/Partner Infant Bonding Scale (MIBS) for attunement and bonding. Qualitative and quantitative data were collected across 3 time points of the programme; the introduction week, the final week and the reunion session (approximately 3 – 4 months after completion of the programme). Findings included a significant reduction in MIBS scores (a more positive attitude towards the baby) and for women, a significant decrease in EPDS scores (an increase in psychological wellbeing). A significant increase in the coping scale score was also observed. The work has been reported in The Telegraph and Argus (Bradford) and the study findings have also been discussed on BBC Radio Oxford, Radio Humberside and Viking FM, Look North (West Yorkshire), and with Calendar Yorkshire (to be broadcast week commencing 30 January 2017).