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Since April 2012, I have been working as a PhD student at the Clinical Developmental Psychology department at VU University Amsterdam. Together with our team I set up the Pregnancy And Infancy Reduced Stress (PAIRS) project which focuses on stress reduction in pregnant women and their partners through heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback.

The PAIRS project consists of two studies: the first study focuses on whether HRV-biofeedback can provide an additional stress reducing effect to an extensive pregnancy course in parents-to-be, and the effect of stress reduction on the development of the infant (the PAIRS project). The second study is a methodological study on the underlying mechanisms of HRV-biofeedback parameters (the A’dem project).

HRV-biofeedback is a promising method to reduce stress levels. With these studies we examine whether it is useful for this specific group: parents-to-be.