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Bonding and attachment in the perinatal period: Supporting rich and enjoyable relationships for life

This professional briefing paper aims to promote understanding and awareness of positive early parent-infant relationships in the perinatal period for maternity care practitioners

This paper demonstrates the influence of experienced care on the bonding and attachment relationship between parent and child and gives key areas where midwives and other maternity care practitioners can provide a practical role in supporting the best possible start for maternal-infant and parent-infant relationships. This paper has been produced by the Bonding and Attachment Sub-Group of the Maternity Care Public Health Special Interest Group