Research by CON Professor Rosemary White-Traut Featured Both in Chicago Sun-Times and by NIH

Photo of Dr. Rosemary White-TrautResearch by CON professor Dr. Rosemary White-Traut was featured in an article in Friday's Chicago Sun-Times titled, "UIC Nurse's Research Helps Moms Bond with Preemies" (4/10/2015).  The research, originally showcased by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) looked at the effect of teaching mothers how to more effectively interact with their preterm infants.

As reporter Diana Novak explains:

Chicago Sun-Times Logo"Getting the mothers to overcome worries about their premature babies and learn how to give them the care they need became the focus of White-Traut’s research. She developed a series of actions – talking, touching and rocking – that mothers can do to wake their babies up and identify the signs that they are hungry."

Results showed improved growth and weight gain on the part of the infants.  An earlier press release from the NIH explained in greater detail,

"[Preterm infants] are less able to communicate their needs than is a term infant. For this reason, the researchers devised the H-HOPE intervention to show new mothers how to provide appropriate stimulation for their new borns, and how to pick up on their often times cues indicating that the baby is hungry.

NIH LogoThe intervention is made up of two parts. The first part, called the Auditory, Tactile, Visual and Vestibular (ATVV) intervention, teaches mothers how to interact socially with their infants and gently stimulate their senses. The other part teaches the mothers how to interpret and respond to their infants’ behavioral cues while giving the ATVV intervention and when feeding them.

After the infants had completed the study, those who received the H-HOPE intervention weighed more, on average, than those who did not receive it. Infants in the H-HOPE group also grew more rapidly in length, especially during the last five days of their hospital stay."

Dr. Rosemary White-Traut conducted the research while at UIC.  She is now professor emerita.  Results of the study were published recently in The Journal of Perinatology and Advances in Neonatal Care.

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