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The Neonatal Nurse's Role in Parental Attachment in the NICU

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.

Hemby Intensive Care Nursery, Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte, NC.

Corresponding author: Carol Franklin, BSN, RNC, Hemby Intensive Care Nursery, Presbyterian Hospital, 200 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28204 (e-mail:

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.