I saw the video below via Facebook a few months ago, and each time I watch it, even knowing the outcome, I cry.
It tells the story of Australian mom Kate Ogg and her husband David. Kate went into early labour with twins, and she and her husband were told that their first baby, a boy, would not make it, and that they should say goodbye to him. Kate insisted on holding her newborn boy on her chest to be as close to him as possible.
After Kate and David held and talked to their baby, the doctor was shocked to see him with his eyes open, and very much alive.
This story that highlights not only a mother’s instinct to hold and talk to her baby, but also the power of touch, which we often underestimate.
A study by Johnson’s Baby showed that only two in 10 (20%) South African parents think that massaging their baby is extremely important to their brain development, compared to nearly a quarter of parents worldwide (23%).
Academic research, however, has revealed routine touch and massage by a parent or loving caregiver is critical to baby’s growth and development, communication and learning.
According to a study published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, infants who experienced routine touch and massage (compared to those who did not) were 50% more likely to make eye contact, and three times more likely to have an overall positive expression (smiling, eye contact). Stats aside too, there’s something exceptionally bonding and comforting in touching and holding babies.
For now though, grab a tissue and watch this amazing video: