Movement Through Parenthood

Movement Through Parenthood is an interdisciplinary research program exploring the impact of dance interventions on prenatal emotional attachment and well-being during pregnancy. Although based in Colorado, this entirely virtual intervention program reaches prenatal clinics, birthing centers, doulas, and birthing persons across the globe. Creative research accompanies this study as part of the dissemination approach which engages the general public through concerts, events, and film. Student research assistants complete CITI training and certification for human research. They lead interventions, discussions, conference presentations, and literature reviews in collaboration with faculty from CSU Dance, CSU’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies and community partners: Full Expression and Peaceful Birth Company.

CSU Associate Professor of Dance Madeline Harvey has received an Engagement Scholarship Consortium grant for her Movement Through Parenthood study. According to the ESC website, "The Engagement Scholarship Consortium’s Engaged Scholarship Research/Creative Activities Grants Program for Faculty competitively awards a limited number of grants of up to $5,000 that are intended to fund one-year projects, and collaborative projects among faculty from more than one discipline and/or more than one university. Below is a list of the recipients of the ESC Engaged Scholarship Research/Creative Activities Grants."

Study Participants Needed

The Movement Through Parenthood study is currently recruiting pregnant persons in their second trimester (13 to 26 weeks). The research study is examining the effects of dance on emotional availability and well-being during pregnancy. Contact Madeline Harvey at for more information.


Previous Movement in Pregnancy and Parenthood Work

For Embodiment, Assistant Professor Madeline Jazz Harvey and Instructor Matthew Harvey choreographed dance movements to depict what they were experiencing during each trimester of Madeline’s pregnancy. The dance was set to original music composed by music student Eric Paricio and filmed by Brian Buss, CSU’s assistant director of videography. Read the full story at