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Forest therapy offers respite for expectant mothers and couples dealing with infertility

The Forest Healing programs implemented in national and public healing forests have been found to support prenatal education for expectant mothers and alleviate the problems associated with infertility.  (Image courtesy of Yonhap)

The Forest Healing programs implemented in national and public healing forests have been found to support prenatal education for expectant mothers and alleviate the problems associated with infertility. (Image courtesy of Yonhap)

DAEJEON, May 21 (Korea Bizwire) – According to the Korea Forest Service, a remarkable discovery shows that the Forest Healing programs conducted in national and public healing forests support prenatal education for expectant mothers and alleviate the problems associated with infertility.

As part of the life cycle-oriented forest welfare services, the ‘Forest Prenatal Education’ program, developed through a joint effort between the Korea Forest Service and the College of Nursing of Seoul National University, falls under the birth phase.

This standardized forest therapy program utilizes nature’s restorative elements, such as breathtaking landscapes, soothing wind sounds, and phytoncides (antimicrobials emitted by plants).

Through immersive activities that facilitate the emotional and physical bond between expectant mothers and their unborn babies, the program has been shown to reduce stress levels and strengthen the bond between mother and fetus.

An analysis conducted last year by the Korea Forest Promotion Institute found that participants’ stress indexes improved by 14.8%, while maternal-fetal bonding scores increased by 13.4%.

In addition to prenatal education, the Korea Forest Service has expanded its support to couples struggling with infertility by partnering with the National Medical Center’s Infertility Depression Counseling Center.

These customized forest healing programs are designed to provide emotional stability and psychological rehabilitation to individuals struggling with the challenges of infertility.

An evaluation of couples who participated in the program last year showed a 5.1% improvement in their infertility stress scores, highlighting the effectiveness of these nature-based interventions in easing the emotional burden associated with infertility.

“The energy provided by forests and nature plays a crucial role in restoring the balance between body and mind,” said Nam Sung-hyun, head of the Korea Forest Service.

“Through our ongoing forest healing programs, we strive to provide couples struggling with infertility a therapeutic environment where they can find comfort and relieve stress and anxiety.”

Lina Jang ([email protected])