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TitlePregnancy massage reduces prematurity, low birthweight and postpartum depression
Author(s)Field, Tiffany
Diego, Miguel
Hernandez-Reif, Maria
Deeds, Osvelia
Figueiredo, Bárbara
Keywordspregnancy massage
low birthweight
postpartum depression
Issue dateDec-2009
JournalInfant Behavior and Development
CitationInfant Behavior & Development 32 (2009) 454–460
Abstract(s)Pregnant women diagnosed with major depression were given 12 weeks of twice per week massage therapy by their significant other or only standard treatment as a control group. The massage therapy group women versus the control group women not only had reduced depression by the end of the therapy period, but they also had reduced depression and cortisol levels during the postpartum period. Their newborns were also less likely to be born prematurely and low birthweight, and they had lower cortisol levels and performed better on the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment habituation, orientation and motor scales.
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