Friday, August 31, 2007

How mothers cradle babies could show stress

The way a mother cradles her baby holds clues to her mental health. Those who cradle a baby with their right arm are more likely to be suffering from stress and can be at higher risk of depression.

79 new mothers are asked to pick up and cradle their babies while at home and then complete a survey quizzing them on their mental state. Scientists have found that of the mothers who showed no signs of stress or depression, 86 percent preferred to hold their babies to the left. Cradling to the right is more prominent among stressed mothers with 32 percent of them showing this bias.

In the past, scientists have found that most parents cradle children on their left-hand side, regardless of whether they are right or lefthanded.

If you know someone who is cradling her baby with right arm, you better watch out for her mental state!!

Daily Mail
Fox News
Scientific America

No comments: