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Parent-Infant Attachment: Chillin’ with the Chilluns

  • Author(s): Evanston, Joy I
  • Gallagher, Emily J
  • Lotfi, Tiffany L
  • Maghanoy, Shannen S
  • Masini, Megan R
  • Sonksen, Katelyn M
  • et al.
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Parent-infant attachment is the bond between a child and a parent with its purpose being to make the child feel safe, secure, and protected. The environment of the NICU is not optimal for developing this attachment as the parents and baby have to be separated. Much research has been done on methods to improve the issue. Two interventions that can improve attachment include: Better nurse-parent communication and teaching, and skin-to-skin contact.

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Evanston_Gallagher_Lotfi_Maghanoy_Masini_Sonksen- Parent-Infant Attachment: Chillin’ with the Chilluns - 2017