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Building on a successful program of prenatal stimulation previously reported, obstetrical routines were altered to provide more continuity with the womb environment. The paper reports both the rationale and specific procedures employed. The goal of the program was to treat the newborn as a person, minimize discomfort during birth and avoid conditions of possible stress and anxiety. Gentle stimulation included eye-to-eye contact, smiles, skin-to-skin touch, soothing voices, early breastfeeding, and enjoyable relations between mother, father, and child.
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Chairat Panthuraamphorn, M.D.
Chairat Panthuraamphorn, M.D. is the Chief of the Medical Conference Committee of the Hua Chiew General Hospital Bangkok, Thailand. He is a member of the APPAHA International Board of Advisors. This paper was developed, with the editorial assistance of David B. Chamberlain, Ph.D., from a presentation made to the Sixth International Congress of APPPAH in Washington, D.C., 1993.