The Effectiveness of “FATIMA” to Reduce Stress in Postpartum Mothers: A Coping Strategy During COVID-19 Pandemic

Ika Sumiyarsi Sukamto, Siti Nurhidayati, Niken Bayu Argaheni,  Luluk Fajria Maulida,

Nurul Jannatul Wahidah, Inas Azhar Dwi Haryadi

Midwifery Study Program, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Sebelas Maret



Background: During COVID-19 pandemic postpartum mothers face higher risk of expe­rien­cing stress. Progressive education, diaphragmatic relaxation, and music are inter­ventions that can be done to reduce stress levels in postpartum mothers. This study aimed to analyze the effect of FATIMA management on lowering stress levels in post­partum mothers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Subjects and method: This was a quasi-experiment study with pre-post test one group design, conducted in Yogyakarta Community Health Center from July to August 2021. A total of 40 postpartum mothers was selected by total sampling. The dependent variable was stress level. The independent variable was “FATIMA” intervention. FATIMA’s inter­vention was performed for 28 days including educational videos, diaphragm relaxation and music. Stress levels was measured by Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) and analyzed by t-test.

Results: Stress level after FATIMA’s intervention (Mean= 25.20; SD= 7.14) was lower than before (Mean= 30.50; SD= 7.37) and it was statistically significant (p<0.001).

Conclusion: The FATIMA intervention is effective in reducing stress in postpartum mothers.

Keywords: postpartum mothers, stress, FATIMA management, relaxation, COVID-19

Correspondence: Ika Sumiyarsi Sukamto. Midwifery Study Program, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Surakarta, Indonesia.  Jl. Ir. Sutami 36A, Surakarta 57126, Central Java. Email: Mobile: +6281548515239.


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