Adding a Facebook Support Group to an Online Yoga Randomized Trial for Women Who Have Experienced Stillbirth: A Feasibility Study

Mariah Sullivan, Jennifer Huberty, Jeni Green, Joanne Cacciatore

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Abstract

Objectives: Women who experience stillbirth are more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and anxious and depressive symptoms than those who deliver live healthy babies. Participants in a recent study of online yoga (OY) reported a desire for more social support, which may help reduce PTSD related to grief and aid in coping. Facebook (FB) has been used successfully to deliver support for online interventions, but little is known about its use in conjunction with OY. The purpose of this study was to examine the feasibility of a FB support group in conjunction with an 8-week OY intervention. Design: Randomized parallel feasibility trial with a 1:1 study group allocation ratio. Setting/Location: Online. Subjects: Women (N = 60) who experienced stillbirth within the past 3 years. Interventions: Participants were recruited nationally to participate and randomized into one of two groups: OY only (n = 30) or online yoga with Facebook (OYFB) (n = 30). Both groups were asked to complete 60 min of OY per week. Women in the OY group were asked to log on to a FB page at least once per week. Outcome measures: Acceptability (i.e., satisfaction) and demand (i.e., attendance), PTSD, anxiety, depressive symptoms, social support. Results: Participants were satisfied with and enjoyed OY, and 8/13 FB acceptability benchmarks were met. There were no significant differences between groups in minutes of yoga per week. Conclusions: The addition of a FB group to an OY intervention for women who have experienced stillbirth is feasible, although more research is needed to increase its efficacy. Trial registration: NCT04077476. Registered September 4, 2019. Retrospectively registered (https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04077476).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-187
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Integrative and Complementary Medicine
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • infant death
  • perinatal death
  • post-traumatic stress
  • social support
  • stillbirth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • General Medicine

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