Effects of Implementing the Alexander Technique on Enjoying the Sense of Motherhood in the Postpartum Period

Somayeh Banoofatemeh, Hamid Reza Oreyzi, Parvin Bahadoran


Background: The broad concept of maternal well‑being includes psychological concepts, social aspects, and aspects of becoming a mother. The present study aimed to investigate the effects of implementing the Alexander technique on enjoying the sense of motherhood.

Materials and Methods: This study was a clinical trial conducted in two phases. In the first phase, using the exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, 226 mothers were asked to undergo a scale test of enjoying the sense of motherhood after childbirth. In the second phase, 88 pregnant women were divided into two experimental groups. The data collection tool was a researcher‑made questionnaire about enjoying the sense of motherhood. Independent samples t‑test, Mann–Whitney test, Chi‑square test, Fisher’s exact test, analysis of variance test, Box test, and Levine test were used to analyze the data.

 Results: Results of this study showed that the mean scores of the constructs of enjoying pregnancy (P > 0.001), motherhood, and child care satisfaction (P > 0.001) in the experimental group were significantly higher than the control group. Moreover, the construct of trusting their own abilities to cope with maternal duties (P > 0.01) did not show significant differences between the two groups.

 Conclusions: The findings indicated that the Alexander technique can promote mothers’ psychological well‑being and their pleasure of becoming a mother and the related constructs. Results also revealed that using this technique, educating and recommending pregnant women to use this technique will be beneficial.


Alexander technique; Iran; maternal well‑being; postpartum period

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