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Strategies for Promoting Healthy Bedtime Habits

September 22, 2021

Humans are social beings, and our bodies really benefit from learning to fall asleep in the calming presence of someone who loves us.

The Social Reflex: Approach and Avoidance

September 15, 2021

As we grow, and throughout our lives, our interactions with each other are informed by our approach/avoid reflex: we either approach or avoid someone as a result of repeated positive or negative interactions with them.

The Orienting Reflex: The Foundation of Relational Health

September 8, 2021

In order to have a social response to a person, you first have to notice them. That is why we call the orienting reflex the foundation of our social reflexes. We orient when any of our five senses detect something significant in our environment. And that includes each other.

The Importance of Sharing Our Full Range of Emotions

August 5, 2021

Expressing our emotions—even (and perhaps especially) the negative ones—is an essential part of building strong connections, supporting a baby’s development, and protecting mothers from postpartum mood disorders. Here, Drs. Welch and Dumitriu sit down to talk about the science behind emotional connection and how it impacts a mother and baby’s health and resilience.

How COVID has Affected Breastfeeding

July 28, 2021

Preliminary results from the COVID-19 Mother-Baby Outcomes (COMBO) Initiative at Columbia University show that one of the most affected aspects of the mother-baby relationship has been breastfeeding.

How COVID-19 is Affecting Parents and Babies during the Critical First Year of Life: New Multi-Disciplinary Study Shares its Findings.

July 22, 2021

The COVID-19 Mother-Baby Outcomes (COMBO) Initiative in collaboration with NSP has responded in real time to the growing need for information about how this pandemic is affecting vulnerable populations, and to the even greater need to support at-risk families.

Is Your Kid Getting All the Benefits of Bath Time?

June 10, 2021

When you approach bath time from a Nurture Science perspective, it can become a way to strengthen your emotional connection and improve your and your child’s health and mood.

The Unsung Benefits of Mealtime with Your Family

May 27, 2021

A Nurture Science perspective on picky eating, dinnertime meltdowns, and how changing our approach to mealtime can have immediate and lasting benefits for the whole family.

International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day: The Healing Power of Nurture

May 12, 2021

At the Nurture Science Program, we use sensory activities to help moms and babies connect to each other. One of our go-tos is Kangaroo Care. But we’ve also added an element called Emotional Expression, which is key to fostering an autonomic emotional connection, which significantly improves outcomes for babies and supports parents’ health and resilience.

A New Lens on Postpartum Depression and Anxiety: How Connection Can Help

May 5, 2021

Through Family Nurture Intervention (FNI), the Nurture Science Program has developed a way to help connect moms and babies. And one of the most rewarding results from our study of FNI was that moms felt less depressed and anxious, and more confident caring for their babies.