Baby Stress: Newborns Suffer From Separation Anxiety, Says Study
When you give birth in the hospital, it’s a common practice after labor and delivery for baby to be placed in the nursery or a baby bassinet near your bed. But according to a new study in Biological Psychiatry, this may not be the best thing for your newborn. New research shows that it’s stressful for newborns to be separated from their mothers after birth.
Until now, the physiological impact of maternal-neonate separation had been unknown. During the study, researchers measured heart rate in sleeping newborns during the time they spent in contact with their mothers and when they were alone in a bassinet. They found that neonatal autonomic activity was 176 percent higher and quiet sleep was 86 percent lower when they were separated from their mothers.
More research is needed to find out the long-term effects separation may have on babies, though.
New moms, take note! What are you going to do when the doctor takes baby away right after you give birth?
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