Touch Therapy by Tiffany Field, PhD (Auth.)

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The infants were bottle-fed by nursery caregivers except when the mothers visited. The mothers routinely touched, held, and fed their infants, and this was recorded (presence/absence of each of the behaviors) by the teachers on a daily basis. The groups did not differ based on the teachers' daily record of the amount of time the mothers visited, touched, held, and fed their infants. In addition,the mothers were unaware of which therapy their infants were receiving (massage or rocking) and were unaware of the intent of the study, as were the teachers.

Development and Psychopathology 4:49-M Field T, Schanberg S 1990 Massage enhances growth in preterm neonates. In: Brazelton S, Field T (eds) Advances in touch. Johnson & Johnson, Skillman NJ Field T, Dempsey J, Shuman HH 1984 Five-year follow-up of preterm respiratory distress syndrome and postterm postmaturity syndrome infants. In: Field T, Sostek A (eds) Infants born at risk: physiological, perceptual and cognitive processes. Grune & Stratton, New York, pp 317-335 Field T, Schanberg SM, Scafidi F et a11986 Tactile/kinesthetic stimulation effects on preterm neonates.

Thus, visual imagery techniques may be effective for reducing pain associated with labor, but at the cost of extensive training. Being touched in general during labor and delivery is perceived by mothers as a positive experience (Stolte 1976). For example, abdominal massage used in some Lamaze childbirth educational classes has been suggested for easing discomfort of tired or cramping muscles and facilitating control and relaxation during labor (Wideman & Singer 1984). The presence and involvement of partners who touch the women during labor have been significantly correlated with less need for drugs, shorter labors, fewer perinatal problems and more optimal maternal interactions (Sosa et aI1980).

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