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ABSTRACT: The resurgence of interest in the interrelationship and interdependence between the physiological and psychological aspects of being human (i.e. in wholistic health) and concern regarding attachment issues and dynamics also questions and bespeaks both of the quality of care given to newborns and the impact this care has on their ability to develop healthy attachments and personalities. This article addresses these issues in relation to how newborns are physically handled at birth and the impact that this has on their physical and psychological well being-most specifically, how the obstetrical and postpartal procedures affect the connective tissues which have been found through research to be not only physiological in substance but also psychological in nature.



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Kelduyn R. Garland, MSW, LCSW

Kelduyn R. Garland, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., has worked in early infancy/child development and body-mind interaction since 1965. In addition to her private practice, she has also been Chief Social Worker of the OutPatient Clinic at the Children's Psychiatric Institute (NC) as well as a Casework Supervisor of an international adoption agency and a child placement agency of severely disturbed children (CO). Currently she is Executive Director of THE RPLG GROUP, INC., a human service agency which specializes in reproductive (infertility and perinatal loss) issues and attachment dynamics. Her writings are published in a neonatal medical textbook as well as in other professional journals and are concerned with neonatal development and attachment issues, and loss and grief dynamics. She is on the Board of Directors of ATTACH and is an active member of PPPANA, as well as a member of other professional organizations. Address correspondence to the author at PO Box 90796, Lakeland, Florida 33804-0796.

This article was originally published in Keeping Abreast Journal of Human Nurturing 3(4), 1978. It is being reprinted with the permission of Jimmie Lynn Avery of Lact-Aid International, Inc.

JOURNAL OF PRENATAL AND PERINATAL PSYCHOLOGY AND HEALTH publishes research and clinical articles from the cutting edge of the science of prenatal and perinatal psychology and health. The journal, published quarterly since 1986, is dedicated to the in-depth exploration human reproduction and pregnancy and the mental and emotional development of the unborn and newborn child.

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