Pregnancy, Part 3 of 3
Journal: Infant Behav Dev. 2006 Jan;29(1):24-31. Epub 2005 Oct 28.
Title: Prenatal, perinatal and neonatal stimulation: a survey of neonatal nurseries.
Authors: Field T, Hernandez-Reif M, Feijo L, Freedman J.
Conclusions: 82 staff members from Neonatal Intensive care Units (NICU’s) were surveyed to discover what types of stimulation pregnant mothers and babies received. These were the results:
Journal: Infant Behav Dev. 2008 January; 31(1): 149–152.
Title: Temperature Increases in Preterm Infants During Massage Therapy
Authors: Miguel A. Diego, Tiffany Field, and Maria Hernandez-Reif
Conclusions: Preterm babies are at risk for hypothermia (low body temperature) and are kept in isolettes with the portholes closed to preserve their body heat. There has been much research which shows that neonatal massage is highly beneficial. Preterm newborns receiving massage are hospitalized 3-6 days less than those preterms not receiving massage. Also, they gain 21-47% more weight than their non-massaged counterparts. As a result, massage therapy is practiced in 38% of the neonatal Intensive Care Units around the country. (Field, Hernandez-Reif & Diego, 2006). This study was performed to determine if massage to preterm babies (which necessitated opening the portholes) would lower their body temperatures unduly. In this study 72 preterm infants were assigned either to a massage group or to a control group. The massage group received three 15 minute sessions a day, comprising of