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Semin Neonatol. 2002 Dec;7(6):495-500.

Benefits of infant massage for mothers with postnatal depression.

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  • 1Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital.


Infant massage by the mother has been popular in many cultures, especially India, and is growing in popularity in the West. Mothers with postnatal depression often have problems interacting with their infants. A small controlled study has shown that attending a massage class can help such mothers relate better to their babies. The mechanisms by which this is achieved are not clear but may include learning to understand their babies' cues and the release of oxytocin.

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