Bodily contact with a newborn saves a young mother from postpartum depression

It is known that many women who have given birth to the child after birth are prone to the emergence of their depression. This is due to the development of hormonal disorders. The study found that physical contact between a young mother and a newborn baby has a positive impact not only on children but also on the psychological state of his mother.

Results of research published in the journal "Obstetrics, gynecology and neonatal care."

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The contact of mother and baby for six hours or more per day helps to reduce depression symptoms in young mothers. To this opinion of the researchers measured the levels of cortisol. In addition, contact with a newborn increases the mother's oxytocin, which provides her a sense of well-being.

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