Study on Early Mother-Child Contact
Russian Study Shows that Early Mother-Child Contact Lessens Risk of Infant AbandonmentOriginally appeared in the Online Birth Center News(OBCNews) Issue 19.9, May 30, 2000
Encouraging early mother-infant contact with breastfeeding and rooming-in may provide a simple, low-cost method for reducing infant abandonment, according to a study published in Vol. 154 No. 5, (May 2000) of the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.
The study looked at the infant abandonment rate in Setting Maternity Hospital 11, a public hospital in St Petersburg, Russia that has recently changed its practices, implementing part of the United Nations Children's Fund Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. The years looked at are 1987 to 1998, 6 years before and 6 years after the changes in mother-infant contact.
The results show a drop in the mean infant abandonment rate from 50.3 5.8 per 10,000 births in the 6 years before the Baby-Friendly change to 27.8 8.7 per 10,000 births in the 6 years after the change.
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