School of Nursing and Midwifery - Lunchtime Seminar: Can Antenatal Yoga Lower Maternal Stress? Findings from the CALMA Study
Thursday 10th January 13
Venue: Postgraduate Seminar Room, Level 7, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Medical Biology Centre
Start Time: 13:00 - End Time: 14:00
After graduating from an undergraduate Psychology degree at Newcastle University, Dr Newham worked at the Psychiatry department at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle on a project examining the birth weights of infants after maternal exposure to medications used to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia during pregnancy. This project contributed to an MPhil in Neuroscience and led to his involvement in the NICE guidelines for Antenatal and Postnatal Mental Health.
Working on this project highlighted the need for non-pharmacological interventions to improve maternal mood during pregnancy which led to a PhD entitled ‘Interventions to reduce maternal anxiety in pregnancy’ at the University of Manchester. Dr Newham developed and ran the first randomised controlled trial to examine the effects of antenatal yoga on maternal mood with both psychological and physiological measures.
During this seminar, Dr Newham will discuss the rationale, development and findings of this randomised controlled trial that tested the effects of antenatal yoga and will explain the complexities of testing complementary therapies in pregnancy.
RSVP Gillian Higgins, School of Nursing and Midwifery, by Wednesday 28 November 2012. Tel (028) 9097 2369, or alternatively email:
A sandwich lunch will be available from 12.30 pm.
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