Daniel Reingold, President and CEO of RiverSpring Health
People who receive regular skin-to-skin contact have lower levels of stress and anxiety.
Physical contact with loved ones gives people positive feelings about themselves as it releases oxytocin in the brain, increasing trust and making them feel calm. A massage is an effective way to relieve stress as it immediately relaxes and soothes.
Tiffany Field, Dir. Of the Touch Research Institute
Although unborn babies won’t experience touch in the same way, affectionate touching on a pregnant belly promotes feelings of bonding and attachment between mother, father and baby through the release of oxytocin.
This is also how fathers can bond with their child. Being tactile with both mother and baby brings families emotionally and physically closer.