Newborns of depressed mothers who received moderate versus light pressure massage during pregnancy

Tiffany M Field, Maria Hernandez-Reif, Miguel A Diego

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Abstract

Sixty-four neonates (M age = 6.8 days) of depressed mothers who received moderate pressure massage versus light pressure massage therapy during pregnancy (month 5 through month 8) were compared on their behaviors during 15-min observations and on their performance on the Brazelton Neonatal Behavior Assessment Scale. The group of neonates whose mothers received moderate pressure massage spent a greater percent of the observation time smiling and vocalizing, and they received better scores on the orientation, motor, excitability, and depression clusters of the Brazelton scale.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-58
Number of pages5
JournalInfant Behavior and Development
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

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Keywords

  • Depressed mothers
  • Newborns
  • Pregnancy massage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Newborns of depressed mothers who received moderate versus light pressure massage during pregnancy. / Field, Tiffany M; Hernandez-Reif, Maria; Diego, Miguel A.

In: Infant Behavior and Development, Vol. 29, No. 1, 01.01.2006, p. 54-58.

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