Just launched, and a world-first, Mind the Bump is a free Mindfulness Meditation App designed not only for new and expectant mothers, but new fathers and partners too.
At least one in seven women will experience postnatal depression and up to one in 10 will experience it during pregnancy. Anxiety conditions are thought to be at least as common as depression during this time.
Mind the Bump has been designed by mental health professionals and is based on extensive research showing the benefits of ‘mindfulness’, which is the process of not worrying about the past or future and instead paying attention to the present moment with purpose and without judgement. The meditations, some of which are voiced by Carrie Bickmore, run for between three and 10 minutes each.
Mind the Bump provides tailored exercises to support your mental and emotional wellbeing from day one of pregnancy through to 24 months after birth. The program is for mothers, fathers, single parents and same sex couples. It can also be used by health professionals working with new and expecting parents.
Visit www.mindthebump.org.au for more information or to download the free App via the Apple Store or Google Play.