Presentation Title: (Jan 27th, 2010 – Track C )
“At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to…” (Please list up to 3 learning
Explain to a mother how skin-to-skin and breastfeeding empowers her.
Describe to parents how hormones and neural processes are triggered by SSC.
Motivate parents to spend maximal time in skin-to-skin contact.
Outline with references
Developmental environments model, evolutionary biology and conserved neural mechanisms (1;2),
Explain to a mother how skin-to-skin and breastfeeding empowers her.
reproduction induced neuroplasticity in mice (3), human parallels (4-6) and application (7-9), neural and
hormonal effects of early SSC (7;8;10-12) (13-17) (18;19), and as seen in clinical studies (20;21),
bonding versus attachment (17;22-24),
Describe to parents how hormones and neural processes are triggered by SSC.
Fathers role (25;26), paternal hormones, roles (27-32) and responsibilities (33)
Motivate parents to spend maximal time in skin-to-skin contact.
Parenting neuroscience (34;35)
“It is necessary to work with Nature and not against her …” Peter Cook, book downloads free at
“Empowering Parents for Skin-to-Skin” is more a case of “Skin-to-skin Empowers Parents”  .
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