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Calming cycle theory proposes that early emotional behavior is shaped by autonomic co‐conditioning between mother and infant.

Calming Cycle Theory

August 18, 2016

Martha G. Welch, MD, Director of the Nurture Science Program, published a viewpoint article in Acta Paediatrica that explains Calming Cycle Theory and the role of visceral/autonomic learning in early mother and infant/child behavior and development.

Exploring The Science of Nurture

July 20, 2016

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.

Premature birth puts children at increased risk for many challenges, including behavioral problems, learning difficulties, and autism spectrum disorders. Family Nurture Intervention in the NICU has been shown to decrease these risks.

Nurturing Brain Development in Preterm Infants: The DANA Foundation

December 21, 2015

Martha G. Welch, MD explains how the Nurture Science Program is working to support brain development in preterm infants using Family Nurture intervention in the NICU.

An EEG net can record brain activity while a baby is sleeping and show how brain development differs between preterm infants who received Family Nurture Intervention in the NICU and those who did not.

Brain Circuit Signals Flag Preterm Babies’ Risk for Autism: Spectrum News

October 20, 2015

Martha G. Welch, MD explains how the Nurture Science Program is working to support brain development in preterm infants using Family Nurture intervention in the NICU.

Premature babies require intensive care that can disrupt the emotional connection between mothers and their infants. Family Nurture Intervention in the NICU is designed to help families overcome those barriers to connection.

Nurturing Families: Williams College

June 1, 2015

On any given day in associate professor of psychology Amie Hane’s Early Experience and Physiology lab, students are gathered around a TV monitor, reviewing video of mothers and tiny infants.

Martha G. Welch, MD is Director of the Columbia Nurture Science Program.

Martha G. Welch, MD Honored

November 14, 2014

Martha G. Welch, MD, a graduate of the class of 1971 at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons was named a 2014 Alumni Gold Medalist in recognition of her “service to the alumni association and for excellence in clinical and medical research.”