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attachment, bonding, parent/infant attachment, parent/infant bonding



  1. Franklin, Carol BSN, RNC


Parent/infant attachment or bonding is a naturally occurring event that begins during the prenatal period. The feelings of attachment strengthen when fetal movement is felt and grow stronger with parent/infant interaction after birth. Parents who have a newborn requiring intensive care can have a disruption or delay in this attachment process. Neonatal nurses are in a unique position to assess this process and intervene to promote attachment behaviors.