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Table 1 Themes and practices of the Mindful with your Baby training per session

From: Mindful with your baby for mothers of infants with (parental) stress in a non-clinical setting: a wait-list controlled pilot trial

Title of the session Themes Practices Home practices Readings
1. Becoming aware of the automatic pilot (session for mothers only) Introduction to mindfulness and mindful parenting
Automatic pilot
Automatic stress responses
Intention meditation
Raison practice
Visualization on a stressful situation
Formal: bodyscan
Informal: Mindful routine activity, Mindful eating
Mindful parenting: Feeding the baby mindfully
The transition of becoming a parent
Attention, mindfulness, and awareness
2. Mindfully observing your baby (session for mothers and babies together) Beginner’s mind
Friendliness
Breathing meditation
Visualization on attitude towards yourself as a parent in stressful moments
Watching meditation with attention for the baby
Formal: Bodyscan / breathing meditation
Informal: Mindfulness diary for pleasant experiences
Mindful parenting: Mindful routine activity with baby
Signals form your baby
The seven attitudinal qualities
3. Creating space for yourself (session for mothers and babies together) Becoming aware of own needs
Becoming aware of what gives energy
The role of bodily sensations
Meditation with attention for breath and body
3-min breathing space
Practice ‘What do I need?’
Watching meditation with attention for the baby
Formal: Meditation with attention for breath and body
Informal: 3-min breathing space
Mindful parenting: Mindfulness diary for stressful experiences
Supporting your baby’s autonomy
Being at home in your body
4. Responding sensitively to your baby (session for mothers and babies together) Sensitive responsivity
Parental overreactivity
Regulation
Meditation with attention for breath and sounds
Parent–child breathing space
Watching meditation with attention for the baby
Formal: Meditation with attention for breath and sounds
Informal: text messages in group to remind each other of taking a breathing space
Mindful parenting: Parent–child breathing space in stressful moments
Regulation
Stress and empathy
5. Taking care of yourself in difficult moments (session for mothers only) The effect of thoughts
Self-compassion
Meditation with attention for breath and thoughts
Walking meditation
Zen Koan
Self-compassion meditation
Formal: Meditation with attention for breath and thoughts, Walking meditation
Informal: Self-compassion meditation
Mindful parenting: Parent–child breathing space in specific recurring stressful moment
Comforting your crying baby
Thoughts
6. Closeness and distance (session for mothers and babies together) Feelings of closeness and distance
Repair after moments of distance
Metta meditation
Visualization on dealing with feelings of distance
Watching meditation with attention for the baby
Formal: Metta meditation
Informal: Mindful walking
Mindful parenting: Becoming aware of moments of closeness and distance, and consciously repairing the contact after moments of distance
The Circle of Security
Feeling heard and seen
7. Dealing with expectations (session for mothers and babies together) Expectations
Finding your way in parenting
Boundaries
Meditation with open attention
Mindful movement
Visualization on boundaries
Watching meditation with attention for the baby
Formal: Meditation with open attention, Mindful movement
Informal: Reflection on mindfulness in daily life and learning process
Mindful parenting: Becoming aware of expectations and boundaries
Boundaries
Dealing with unpredictability
8. Mindful parenting: trial and error (session for mothers and babies together) Learning process
Inspiration and support on mindfulness path
Sitting with a difficulty
Practice looking back and ahead
Gratitude exercise
Following own meditation plan  
Follow-up session (session for mothers and babies together) Catching up on the 8 main themes of the training Mountain meditation
Evaluation of meditation plan
Practice on experience of the baby
A wish for yourself and your baby
Following adjusted meditation plan