Title

Social Regulation of the Stress Response in the Transitional Newborn: A Pilot Study

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2011

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to explore relationships between caregiver holding and feeding behaviors and the transitional newborn infant’s cortisol response. Behaviors of 46 mothers, fathers, and their term transitional newborn infants were measured with the Index of Mother-Infant Separation (IMIS). Repeated measures of infant salivary cortisol were used to calculate area under the curve. A higher percentage of observations in which mother was holding infant was related to lower infant total cortisol during the first 6 hours after birth (r = −.24, p = .05, one-tailed).

Publication Title

Journal of Pediatric Nursing

Volume

27

Issue

3

First Page

214

DOI of Published Version

10.1016/j.pedn.2011.01.029

Publisher

Elsevier