Acute effects of maternal skin-to-skin contact and massage on saliva cortisol in preterm infants


Gitau, R., Modi, N., Gianakoulopoulos, X., Bond, C., Glover, V. and Stevenson, J. (2002) Acute effects of maternal skin-to-skin contact and massage on saliva cortisol in preterm infants. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 20, (2), 83-88. (doi:10.1080/02646830220134595).

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Saliva samples were obtained from clinically stable preterm babies in a low dependency unit, pre and 20 minutes post a 20 minute intervention of maternal skin-to-skin contact, or massage, or a control period. Eleven pre and post skin-to-skin contact, 13 pre and post massage and 16 pre and post a control period samples were obtained. There was no change in the control period. A 20 minute period of maternal skin-to-skin contact caused a consistent and significant reduction in infant saliva cortisol levels; the effects of massage were more variable.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0264-6838 (print)
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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology > Division of Clinical Neuroscience
ePrint ID: 18386
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:08
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/18386

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