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

Tiffany Field, Maria Hernandez-Reif, Miguel Diego

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



  • Depressed mothers
  • Newborns
  • Pregnancy massage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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