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Exploring The Science of Nurture



Connections is a quarterly newsletter from ColumbiaDoctors Children’s Health, published jointly by the Departments of Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Connections – a newsletter from New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital – provides an overview of the Nurture Science Program’s research on emotional connection in the NICU. The emotional connection between a mother and her infant is normally present at birth, and vocal soothing, touching, comforting, holding, and making eye contact—behaviors commonly associated with “nurture” — have a profound impact on development and behavior. Studies have shown that they can help a child become more resilient to a broad range of mental, behavioral, and physical disorders and that they play a role in the mother’s wellbeing, too. Read full article.

The WECS is a new tool for evaluating emotional connection between parent and child.
Welch Emotional Connection Screen (WECS) Validated in New Study

A report published in Acta Paediatrica validates this brief measure of mother/infant relational health.

The Nurture Science Program was featured on PBS NewsHour May 30th and 31st, 2017.
The Nurture Science Program Featured on PBS NewsHour

The two-part series provides an intimate look at how mothers and their premature infants are...