Pregnant Moms' Empowerment Program for Parenting

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University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
Parenting+6 More
Pregnant Moms' Empowerment Program - Behavioral
Any Age
Eligible conditions

Study Summary

This study is evaluating whether a set of activities can improve parenting skills in women with postpartum depression.

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Eligible Conditions

  • Parenting
  • Depression
  • Violence
  • Infant Development
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Children Behavior

Treatment Effectiveness

Study Objectives

This trial is evaluating whether Pregnant Moms' Empowerment Program will improve 10 primary outcomes, 3 secondary outcomes, and 2 other outcomes in patients with Parenting. Measurement will happen over the course of Differences between groups at 12 months postpartum.

3 months postpartum
Postpartum Depression Scale
3.5-5 years postpartum
Child behavior checklist
Month 12
Karitane Parenting Inventory
Year 5
Adult Adolescent Parenting Inventory
Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale
Conflict Tactics Scales - Revised
Connors Davidson Resilience Scale
PTSD Checklist - 5
Month 12
Rotter Locus of Control Scale
Year 5
Lubben Social Network Scale
Month 12
Breastfeeding Behavior Scale
Infant Behavior Questionnaire
Month 12
Maternal Sensitivity and Infant Affect Regulation
Pregnancy Risk and Monitoring System (PRAMS)
Month 3
Infant Development

Trial Safety

Trial Design

2 Treatment Groups

1 of 2
Pregnant Moms' Empowerment Program
1 of 2
Active Control
Experimental Treatment

This trial requires 137 total participants across 2 different treatment groups

This trial involves 2 different treatments. Pregnant Moms' Empowerment Program is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will all receive the same treatment. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

Pregnant Moms' Empowerment Program
The PMEP is a 5-session program, delivered prenatally. The first three sessions address violence and mental health and the final two sessions address labor/delivery, infant health and early parenting.
ControlControl group participants received information about community resources, but did not receive any study-related intervention.

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: 3.5-5 years postpartum
This trial has the following approximate timeline: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and roughly 3.5-5 years postpartum for reporting.

Closest Location

University of Memphis - Memphis, TN

Eligibility Criteria

This trial is for female patients of any age. There are 4 eligibility criteria to participate in this trial as listed below.

Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
The woman is currently pregnant, and is less than 33 weeks pregnant. show original
English speaking
At least 16 years old. show original
experienced IPV in the past year

Patient Q&A Section

Can moral injury be cured?

"The study's findings are compatible with the view expressed recently that moral injury represents the core feature of both clinical and research definitions of mental illness in relation to the severity of harm. Hence, moral injury can be conceptualised as a fundamental human distress related to harm or the breakdown of trust that is associated with harm. While this conceptual framework offers a new way of exploring moral injury, it is important that such a framework is developed and tested in a clinical context. Recent findings provides an example of how this might be done." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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How many people get moral injury a year in the United States?

"There is a considerable burden of moral injury in the United States and this burden will continue unless the U.S. Congress and other policymakers take up the issue of moral injury and enact national policies to address the issue." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is moral injury?

"Moral injury is a unique phenomenon in the medical field. The concept of moral injury has been described by doctors from around the world in their research, and is now the subject of research done to determine which treatment approaches can help people with this problem. The information in this article addresses what is said to be the best treatment approaches to help people with moral injury." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are common treatments for moral injury?

"Consensus treatments for moral injury tend to follow the guidelines for TBI. This highlights important aspects of moral injury treatment, such as that the clinician must be careful not to over-interpret patient’s subjective descriptions of a moral injury." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What causes moral injury?

"The lack of clarity of the term'moral injury' is a major barrier to effective evaluation and implementation of this important term in the medical context." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are the signs of moral injury?

"Moral injury is not a disease entity in itself. The symptoms of moral injury are consistent with the symptoms of clinical depression. Further research is needed to elucidate the underlying causes and mechanisms of moral injury." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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How serious can moral injury be?

"Serious moral injury, as per the study definition, is a serious health and safety issue that is often overlooked and underrepresented in research. The absence of a definition for moral injury and the wide range of experiences, outcomes and cultural contexts are likely to mean that the incidence, risk, severity and impact are also quite variable. These factors mean that serious moral injury has not been adequately detected in research design, but is likely to be a significant area for future research. There is a need to develop a coherent definition and method of assessing moral injury and to develop a research agenda on this increasingly important issue, which is a neglected and often ignored source of harm." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is the latest research for moral injury?

"Morality is an important issue in the patient's health, and the medical profession must strive to make better moral injury (MAI) care possible. Morality is an important topic in moral injury because what is happening in the medical field is morally inappropriate. Morality harms the medical profession because medical ethics are very important. Morality helps solve moral injury because we think it is wrong and therefore we do something to correct it." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are the common side effects of pregnant moms' empowerment program?

"Maternal ECP was found to have a positive impact on multiple aspects of pregnancy. Future research would benefit from exploring the inter- and intra-patient aspects of the program to further explore the benefits and side effects of interventions in the prenatal setting, while considering the socio-cultural, institutional, and health system obstacles of improving the health of pregnant women." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Have there been any new discoveries for treating moral injury?

"Currently clinicians feel that there are no medications that are effective in treating the psychological consequences of moral injury. In a recent study, findings of this survey provide preliminary evidence that a medication selective to serotonin reuptake inhibitors may help to a certain degree. However, to definitively prove this, a randomized controlled trial of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder is required; this has not yet happened as at 5 February 2013 it had not yet been funded. Other methods of treating the psychological consequences of moral injury, such as prolonged exposure or family therapy may have shown some promise by reducing the level of intrusive memories associated with moral injury. A clinical trial to test prolonged exposure and family therapy in this patient population is warranted." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is pregnant moms' empowerment program?

"This pilot study found that all the women in the study felt that their empowerment program was an important factor in helping them make the best decisions for their pregnancy. The women also thought it was very important for them to know all the benefits of getting a shower before or after a shower. The women also thought it was a good idea to take prenatal vitamins to help maintain a healthy bodyweight. The women also believed that it was important for them to know that a baby shower was not an informal dinner party. The women generally thought that a baby shower was a good idea because it helped them in preparing for birth and provided them with information to talk to others in the community or family about their birth." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Please Note: These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.
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