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Research & Further Reading

Tiffany Field, PhD – Director & Researcher

Tiffany FieldDr. Field’s most famous & groundbreaking study:

Preterm Newborns Gain More Weight: Preterm infants gained 47% more weight, became more socially responsive, and were discharged 6 days earlier at a hospital cost savings of $10,000 per infant (or 4.7 billion dollars if the 470,000 preemies born each year were massaged). The underlying biological mechanism for weight gain in the massaged preterm newborns may be an increase in vagal tone and, in turn, an increase in insulin (food absorption hormone).
Field, T., Schanberg, S. M., Scafidi, F., Bauer, C. R., Vega-Lahr, N., Garcia, R., Nystrom, J., & Kuhn, C. M. (1986). Tactile/ kinesthetic stimulation effects on preterm neonates. Pediatrics, 77, 654-658

Touch Research Institutes
University of Miami School of Medicine
P.O. Box 016820, Miami Fl, 33101
Located At: Mailman Center for Child Development
1601 NW 12th Ave., 7th Floor, Suite 7037)
Phone: 305-243-6781 / Fax: 305-243-6488



The above is but one example of a wealth of research and further information available regarding the field of Baby Massage. For further reading we highly recommend you visit the main site International Association of Infant Massage site at