The Impact of Babywearing on Postnatal Mental Health: Health Care Providers’ Voices

“I think it is difficult to separate babywearing from other interventions in terms of the benefits specific to PND. I would be hesitant in making a definite association, but in the context of it increasing the bond, aiding breastfeeding, enabling some mothers to actually get out and about, and helping a baby become more content (which eases mother’s anxiety) then I strongly am in favor. “

Aimee Gourley NI

I previously reported the results of my survey entitled “The Impact of Babywearing on Postnatal Mental Health: Mothers’ Voices”.  A survey of health care providers was undertaken concurrently.  Responses were sought only from those who have direct contact with mothers of children aged two and under in their current role.  The response rate was extremely low but their contributions provide some interesting perspectives.

What do health care providers say?

HCPs

Survey

All 100% of the responding health care providers were aware of the practise of babywearing and currently recommend the practise to mothers, which is pleasing as the Royal College of Midwives (2014) state that “encouraging mothers to use soft baby carriers” is recommended. Given that only 3% of mothers surveyed reported receiving information about babywearing from their health care providers, it is clear that this cohort of health care providers is unfortunately not representative of the whole population.

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