Difficulties with baby bonding
Around a third of UK mothers experience difficulties bonding with their baby
New research from the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) shows that around a third (32%) of UK mothers experience difficulties bonding with their baby. In addition, more than 1 in 10 new mothers (12%) said they are embarrassed to speak to a health professional, GP or midwife about these issues.
The process of ‘bonding’ refers to the emotional connection between a parent and baby and is known to influence the baby’s response to stress, learning behaviours, and social skills. When parents don’t feel an instant connection with their baby, they can often experience strong feelings of guilt, shame, and inadequacy. Post-natal depression and anxiety are two of the factors that can interfere with the bonding process.