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Mother-Infant Bonding
Author: Diane E. Eyer

ISBN: 9780300060515
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 26 November 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 2.54 x 13.97 x 20.96
Description:
Two decades ago two pediatricians published a series of articles and books arguing that mothers and their infants must be physically close immediately after birth in order for their future relationship to develop properly. Their studies were inspired by research on animals - especially goats - showing that they reject their offspring if they have been separated even briefly right after birth. Some child care experts expanded on this idea and proclaimed that mother-infant bonding should be continued for the first year of a child's life. In spite of the fact that the research findings on bonding have now been dismissed by most of the scientific community, women are still told that the need to bond is a reason not to go back to work after having a baby, social workers are taught that bonding is important in preventing child abuse, delinquency, and school problems, and nurses are instructed to guide new mothers through the process of bonding. Guilt abounds among women who are unable, for whatever reason - illness of mother or child, premature birth, adoption - to experience the required period of bonding with their babies.
In this absorbing book, Diane E. Eyer tr...

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