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Featured Research Articles

Nurturely research showed that a randomized intervention with baby carriers reduced symptoms of postpartum depression

We already knew that when parents hold their babies skin-to-skin right after birth, it helps prevent postpartum depression. But outside of hospital contexts, it was an open question whether simply carrying babies without skin-to-skin contact would help. Nurturely Founder Emily Little, PhD, and colleagues at Global Communities and UC Merced conducted a randomized intervention where half of the parents received a soft-structured baby carrier to use with their baby starting at birth (and half received the carrier later). When measured at six-weeks postpartum with the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, parents in the carrying intervention group had decreased symptoms of postpartum depression. 

Research from Nurturely Advisory Team Member Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook on responsiveness during breast- vs bottle-feeding

“Women randomly assigned to breastfeed were more sensitive to infant cues than women randomly assigned to bottle-feed. Prolactin levels did not differ between feeding groups, although prolactin was positively correlated with maternal sensitivity. Our results suggest that feeding milk directly from the breast (compared to bottle-feeding) increases maternal sensitivity towards infants, at least in the short term.”

Video Abstract: Carrying RCT & Lactation

Featured Videos

Cultures of Birth

Nurturely produced a mini-documentary on Mayan mothers experiences giving birth in the US and in Guatemala, exploring themes of culture, autonomy, and humility. Click below to schedule a virtual or in-person screening. 

Lactation Equity Coalition

Nurturely joined forced with community members in Oregon to co-create the Lactation Equity Coalition. 

Wombs & Wildfires

Nurturely works with physicians, birthworkers, and others to protect pregnant and postpartum people in the intensifying wildfire crisis

Birthworker Hub

The Nurturely Birthworker Hub not only trains aspiring doulas, we also raise awareness of the challenges faced by doulas working to make a sustainable career serving families. 

Featured Presentations

EnviroNatal Equity Symposium 2023

Did you miss our EnviroNatal Equity symposium? In 2023, this event happened LIVE at Oregon State University, and the presentations (3+ hours!) were recorded just for you. Access now completely free!

Human Milk is a Human Right

At Nurturely, we talk a lot about lactation equity. But what does that mean exactly? Click below for this FREE ~10 minute talk on the racial, historical, and cultural injustices that shape human milk access by lactation researcher and Nurturely Founder, Emily Little, PhD, CLEC.

In the Media

US National Climate Report Highlights Climate Harms to Pregnancy, Newborns

“We have seen US federal and state governments begin to grapple with the fact that the climate crisis is having a significant impact on human health... But what we are not seeing is authorities getting resources to perinatal community health workers or doing the big scale information campaigns needed.”

NIH selects next round of winners in the Connecting the Community for Maternal Health Challenge

The team will use a train-the-trainer model to teach home visitors on how to implement a carrier intervention and conduct a pilot study to assess the effectiveness of the intervention. This work has the potential to improve lactation and perinatal mental health in a population that faces high barriers to perinatal health equity.

Doulas Work on the Front Lines of the Climate Crisis

Doulas are unique in that they make home visits, said Jessalyn Ballerano, a doula in Eugene, Oregon. “I’m seeing if air is clean and safe, if there are any dangers, if there is food in the fridge, if they are eating regularly, if they have enough water, if they have easy water access,” she said. “It takes some experience and skills to successfully investigate that in a collaborative way with the family.”

Babywearing to Reduce Postpartum Depression: A Promising Intervention

“I think we’ve gotten to a point where postpartum depression is so normalized. And while that’s good to reduce stigma around postpartum mental health challenges, it’s not ok just to say we’re never going to focus on prevention and we’re just going to accept that the word postpartum is synonymous with depression. Why are we stopping there? Why is that the reality that we are accepting?"

Difficulty Breastfeeding: Human Uniqueness

Difficulty breastfeeding, in combination with modern marketing pressure of buying and using infant formula, has created a culture in Western society that does not facilitate knowledge sharing for successful breastfeeding. ...Outside of other primates, there is no evidence of occurrence of breastfeeding difficulty in other mammals who nurse their infants. In fact, most mammalian young (e.g., kangaroos, pigs) are far more proactive during the latching and sucking process, requiring little or no help from the mother to instinctually reach the nipple and successfully begin suckling.

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