A PSYCHIATRIST WHO works for Southcentral Foundation in Anchorage, Dr. Mark Erickson is developing its New Generations initiative*, an effort to provide quality, wrap-around care for mothers before and after birth. He cites research that suggests links between breastfeeding and reduced incidence of child maltreatment and speaks about how a positive birth experience can help at-risk mothers bond with and nurse their newborns.
KTD Host Shana Sheehy spoke with Dr. Erickson.
*To read an in-depth report prepared by Dr. Erickson and concerning this initiative please view this PDF, titled: Preventing Child Abuse and Domestic Violence: Why We Must and How We Can. (The birth experience section begins on page 29.)
This story was originally featured on Show 15: Birthing Options in Alaska.