National programme for improving mental health and well-being: small research projects initiative 2005-06 - Mellow Babies
The Mellow Babies intervention was designed to develop close attunement between the mother and the child using a combination of baby-massage, interaction coaching and infant focused speech.
A waiting-list-controlled evaluation of the Mellow Babies intervention is described.
The objectives were to measure change in maternal depressive symptoms and the quality of interaction between mothers and babies. Recruitment was less than had been hoped, but for those mothers who completed the group, feedback from referrers and participants was positive.