Understanding the impact of newborn touch upon mothers of hospitalized preterm neonates.

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Barnes, C. and Adamson-Macedo, Elvidina N. 2022. Understanding the impact of newborn touch upon mothers of hospitalized preterm neonates. Journal of Human Growth and Development. 32 (2), pp. 294-301. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.36311/jhgd.v32.13322
AuthorsBarnes, C. and Adamson-Macedo, Elvidina N.
Abstract

Many interventions have been designed to support the development of the preterm baby and minimise the complications of prematurity. However, there is limited evidence of the possible psychological benefits of touch to the mother when she is the one performing the support programme during the hospitalisation of her newborn. This study explored whether the type of touch provided to preterm neonates had an impact on maternal self-efficacy, self-esteem and maternal-to-infant attachment, as-well-as newborn weight gain. Using a randomised cluster trial, forty babies and their mothers were allocated to one of two groups receiving either a touch-based intervention (TAC-TIC; Touching And Caressing; Tender In Caring) or spontaneous touch. Mothers who provided the touch-based intervention demonstrated greater increases in self-efficacy, self-esteem and attachment, and babies gained more weight than those using spontaneous touch. The results indicate that systematic touch interventions may be used to facilitate the mother-baby relationship as well as to promote newborn weight gain.

KeywordsTouch; Preterm; Newborn; Self-efficacy; Self-esteem; Attachment
Year2022
JournalJournal of Human Growth and Development
Journal citation32 (2), pp. 294-301
PublisherUniversidade de São Paulo, Brazil
ISSN0104-1282
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.36311/jhgd.v32.13322
Web address (URL)https://revistas.marilia.unesp.br/index.php/jhgd/index
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