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Early Hum Dev. 2017 Dec;115:93-98. doi: 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2017.09.020. Epub 2017 Oct 13.

Differences in mother-to-infant bonding according to type of C-section: Elective versus unplanned.

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1
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain. Electronic address: maria.forti@estudiante.uam.es.
2
Hospital Universitario Puerta de Hierro-Majadahonda, Madrid, Spain.
3
Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain.
4
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain; Hospital Universitario La Paz, Madrid, Spain.
5
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain; Hospital Universitario Puerta de Hierro-Majadahonda, Madrid, Spain.

Abstract

Aim To compare the mother-to-infant bond of mothers who gave birth by elective C-section versus urgent C-section in the first 48-72h of life and 10-12weeks after delivery.

METHODS:

This is a cohort prospective study of women giving birth by C-section. 48-72h after delivery, sociodemographic variables were collected, Mother-to-Infant Bonding Scale and newborn's response to separation test were performed. 10-12weeks after delivery Mother-to-Infant Bonding Scale and questions about baby's feeding were completed.

RESULTS:

A total of 116 dyads were recruited, 58 in each group. No significant differences between the two C-sections in bonding, newborn response to separation or type of feeding were observed at any time points. However, those dyads presenting with an abnormal bond at time 1 had more frequently an abnormal bond at time 2 (50% versus 8.1%, p=0.000).

CONCLUSIONS:

No differences in mother-to-infant bond were found according to type of C-section.

KEYWORDS:

Breastfeeding; C-section; Mother to infant bonding; Response to separation

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