Which of the following would be least likely to indicate anticipated bonding behaviors by new parents?
A. The parents’ willingness to touch and hold the new born. B. The parent’s expression of interest about the size of the new born. C. The parents’ indication that they want to see the newborn. D. The parents’ interactions with each other.
When a baby is born, bonding between the baby and his or her parents is necessary for the baby to feel loved and wanted. When a baby bonds with his or her parents, the baby will develop a healthy way of feelings and emotions which contributes to his or her overall development. There are a few ways to determine if parents are encouraging bonding with their children. One way is if the parents are wanting to see the newborn.
Another indication is when the parents show an interest in the child. A desire and interest to see the child most likely means that bonding will occur. Also, touching and caressing a baby lets the baby know that someone cares. Unfortunately, parents may interact with other parents for different reasons, but that does not necessarily mean that they will bond with their child.
Parental interaction will provide the nurse with a good assessment of the stability of the familys home life but it has no indication for parental bonding. Willingness to touch and hold the newborn, expressing interest about the newborns size, and indicating a desire to see the newborn are behaviors indicating parental bonding.