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Predictors of postnatal mother-infant bonding: the role of antenatal bonding, maternal substance use and mental health

This study examined the effects that drug and alcohol use, mental health and mother-fetus bonding during pregnancy have on that relationship once the baby is born.  Results showed higher bonding before the birth predicted higher postnatal bonding, and maternal depression in trimesters one and two was related to poorer mother-infant bonding eight weeks after birth.

Authors: Larissa Rossen, Delyse Hutchinson, Judy Wilson, Lucy Burns, Craig A Olsson, Steve Allsop, Elizabeth J Elliott, Sue Jacobs, Jacqueline A. Macdonald, Richard P Mattick

Date: February 2016

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