Pregnancy, Part 2 of 3
Journal: Infant Behavior and Development, 29, 54-58.
Title: Newborns of depressed mothers who received moderate versus light pressure massage during pregnancy.
Authors: Field, T., Hernandez-Reif, M., & Diego, M. (2006).
Conclusions: Sixty-four babies, average age 6.8 days, born of two groups of depressed pregnant women were massaged during their 5th through 8th month of pregnancy. One group was massaged with light stimulation; the other with moderate stimulation. After childbirth, their newborn babies (average age of 6.8 days ) were examined for 15 minutes and for their performance on the Brazelton Neonatal Behavior Assessment Scale. Those infants of mothers who received moderate pressure massage received better scores on the Brazelton Scale on depression, excitability, motor, and orientation clusters and were observed to spend more time smiling and vocalizing.
Journal: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, 20, 31-38.
Title: Pregnant women benefit from massage therapy.
Authors: Field, T., Hernandez-Reif, M., Hart, S., Theakston, H., Schanberg, S., Kuhn, C. & Burman, I. (1999).
Conclusions: For five weeks, 26 pregnant women were either massaged twice a week for 20 minutes or assigned to a relaxation group. Although women from each group reported less leg pain after the first and last sessions, after the last session only the women in the massage group reported: