SKIPPY

In studies with preterm infants, research has shown that proximity and close physical contact between the mother and the preterm infant is associated with improved psychological, behavioural, and biological outcomes in the infant as well as improved maternal physical and mental health. Based on these previous findings, proximity and close physical contact may have positive effects in mothers and their full-term infants as well.

SKIPPY_smallerIn this project, we will investigate whether proximity and close physical contact between mothers and their full-term infants are related to improved psychological, behavioural, and biological outcomes in full-term infants, improved quality of the mother-infant relationship, as well as improved maternal physical and mental health. We will focus on sleeping, feeding and holding as important characteristics of proximity and close physical contact between mothers and their full-term infants. Additionally, we will investigate the effects of a 5-week contact intervention between mothers and their full-term infants starting immediately after birth.

We recruited 116 healthy mothers during pregnancy. The mother-infant dyads will be followed until the child is one year old.


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