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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.

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.

COVID, Smell, and Emotional Connection with Your Baby

April 15, 2021

Smell plays a pivotal role in relationships. For mothers and babies, smell is a large part of how they recognize each other, and form a deep emotional connection. When a mother’s sense of smell has been altered, it is vital to foster that connection through her other senses.

4 Ways to Connect with Your Baby During a Pandemic

April 8, 2021

Over the course of this extraordinarily difficult and scary year, masks have saved countless lives. While masks will continue to protect us from the virus, they also pose some challenges to emotional connection between babies and mothers. Luckily, those challenges can be overcome.

Grandparenting at a Distance

March 30, 2021

With some people receiving the vaccine, many families are reuniting with older generations for the first time in a year. Other families still won’t be able to reunite for awhile. Here we share some emotionally-connecting activities that can help: from a distance or up-close.

Family Nurture Intervention Leads to Better Cardiac Regulation 5 Years Later for Mom & Baby

March 25, 2021

The prestigious peer-reviewed scientific journal PLOS One has published our findings that Family Nurture Intervention (FNI) increases autonomic regulation in preterm infants and their mothers at 4-5 years post-intervention. Here you will find a Q&A with Dr. Martha G. Welch MD and Dr. Michael Myers PhD about these findings and what they mean for parents, babies, and families.

In Partnership with Einhorn Collaborative

March 17, 2021

Times of crisis, as challenging and devastating as they are, can also reveal what truly matters. For most of us, 2020 was an incredibly difficult year, filled with fear, stress, and grief, but it also marked the first time many of us told our loved ones how much we value and love them; in their absence, we realized how vital human connection is to our health and well-being.