ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Research has long proven that interacting with children is important for their development. But now, a new study shows that the connection between mothers and their babies within the womb may be just as important.
A lot of things must be done to get ready for that special arrival. New research suggests that connecting with your baby before he or she is born may help mothers and babies bond. Researchers from the University of Cambridge conducted 14 studies with over 1,800 parents and their infants. They found that mothers who have positive and realistic feelings about their baby before he or she is born are more likely to have positive interactions with their infant later on. These include responding appropriately to their child’s needs and demonstrating warmth in their interactions with their child.
Research suggests that sensitive and responsive relationships have encouraging outcomes as kids get older. Positive parent-child interactions have been linked to better memory, problem-solving, language, and social skills.
Researchers found several factors that can influence parents’ connections with their unborn child, including prior loss, pregnancy complications, or cultural expectations. Most of the studies were focused on the mother’s relationship with the baby.
Contributors to this news report include: Cyndy McGrath, Supervising Producer; Milvionne Chery, News Producer; Roque Correa, Editor.
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