Postpartum maternal oxytocin release by newborns: effects of infant hand massage and sucking.

@article{Matthiesen2001PostpartumMO,
  title={Postpartum maternal oxytocin release by newborns: effects of infant hand massage and sucking.},
  author={A. S. Matthiesen and Anna-Berit Ransj{\"o}-Arvidson and E. Nissen and Kerstin Uvn{\"a}s-Moberg},
  journal={Birth},
  year={2001},
  volume={28 1},
  pages={13-9}
}
BACKGROUND Newborns placed skin-to-skin with their mothers show an inborn sequence of behavior similar to that seen in other mammals. The purpose of this study was to make a detailed exploration of hand movements and sucking behavior in healthy term newborns who were placed skin-to-skin on their mothers' chests, and to study maternal oxytocin release in relation to these behaviors. METHODS Ten vaginally delivered infants whose mothers had not been exposed to maternal analgesia were video… CONTINUE READING