Mamas on Bedrest: The Psychologic Effects of Bedrest

February 7th, 2014

Hello Mamas,

Dr. Laura CitrinThere is a study being done on the psychologic effects of bed rest and they need your help! Dr. Laura Citrin is a professor of Social Psychology and Women’s Studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. In her research she studies the relationship between women’s bodies and their emotions, and in her courses she teaches the relationship between reproduction, birth and power.

While working on her doctoral dissertation, Dr. Citrin became interested in the psychologic effects of bed rest. She looked for information and resources on the psychologic effects of bed rest and found little to none. So like we mamas do, so she has decided to study the topic herself!

Dr. Citrin is currently conducting a qualitative study on the psychologic effects of bed rest. She has asked us, Mamas on Bedrest, to participate in her survey. She really wants to hear from women who have gone through the bed rest experience; their thoughts about being prescribed bed rest, their thoughts on how it affected their pregnancy, how they feel/felt about themselves, the effect it had on their families and relationships, etc….She really wants to hear from you and when she publishes the data, she wants to be sure that health care providers and other researchers really understand the psychological impact that bed rest has on how a woman feels about herself, pregnancy and her ability to bear children, and what it is like to be a high risk pregnant woman prescribed bed rest in the health care system.

This is your chance to make your stories heard! Please take Dr. Citrin’s survey and share candidly about your bed rest experience. You not only have the chance to explore your own feelings about having experienced pregnancy on bed rest, but you also have a chance to help other women who will experience bed rest and (hopefully) influence how health care providers manage the high risk pregnant women for whom they prescribe bed rest. This really can have far reaching implications.

When you click on the survey link, you will be taken to an information page about the study and about Dr. Citrin. This study has been approved by the Human Subjects Review Board at the Evergreen State University. If you have particular questions, Dr. Citrin welcomes direct contact at

I am so pleased that bed rest is getting the study that it so deserves and that Mamas on Bedrest can not only be a part of this great work, but we can potentially impact how Mamas on Bedrest are managed in the future.

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