Date of Award
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Dr. Ranelle Nissen
Perinatal Health, Yoga, Maternal Health, Mental Health, Women’s Health, Occupational Therapy
The purpose of this capstone experience was to determine occupational therapy’s role in maternal health as the perinatal period can be a time of stress and morbidity for many women. The desired outcomes of the project included (1) implement interventions with perinatal clients, (2) create and implement an occupation-based yoga program for pregnant women, and (3) collaborate with interprofessional clinicians to provide services to perinatal women and pediatric clients. The student participated in a 200-hour yoga instructor training in Tenerife, Spain to implement the occupation-based yoga program. The program was then developed and implemented at Wild Tree Wellness, a psychotherapy clinic with multiple sites in Ramsey County Minnesota. The student implemented individual and group client sessions with perinatal women. The three-week occupation-based yoga program was implemented via Zoom on Saturdays in April. Through assessments, client reports, and program evaluation it was determined that the clients’ attitudes and beliefs and participation and satisfaction in their meaningful occupations improved after participating in the program. Further research is needed to explore occupational therapy’s role in perinatal health.
O'Connor, Sara, "MAMASTE: Exploring the Role of Occupational Therapy in Maternal Health with an Occupation-Based Yoga Program" (2020). Occupational Therapy Capstone Presentations. 19.