Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Lisa Van Getson , APRN, DNP, FNP-C

Second Advisor

Deborah Schumacher, DNP, PHN, RN


Pregnant Black women are at risk of suffering from stress related illnesses. The maternal Black population faces a unique set of challenges that increase their risk to preventable conditions. Lack of effective stress management skills can make them even more susceptible to deteriorating health outcomes. An extensive review of the literature highlighted that the use of holistic healing modalities such as mindfulness meditation leads to reduced stress levels. Therefore, family nurse practitioners in primary care will need to be well informed on non-pharmacological ways to help their patients gain effective coping skills for positive health outcomes. The purpose of this scholarly project was to educate pregnant Black women about health risk factors and the effects of stress. Furthermore, the implementation of this project focused on applying mindfulness meditation practices and examining the impact mindfulness meditation had on their stress levels. A one-hour long virtual class directed towards educating Black pregnant women on health risks and stress management through mindfulness meditation was provided. There were a total of 10 volunteers, all of whom shared a positive correlation with stress reduction and meditative techniques. Implications for advanced nursing practice includes sharing knowledge about integrative therapies that will benefit the health of pregnant Black women and working to form collaborations between community members and providers to ensure high quality care.


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