The disruption in the attachment process can add to the psychological distress of parents, according to Susan Niermeyer, a neonatologist at Children's Hospital of Colorado and a professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. "Attachment is fundamental to survival. To really thrive, babies need the interaction of a consistent caregiver. It's important not only for a child's neurodevelopment but also for the emotional health of the whole family," Niermeyer says.
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