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In 2013, Sandra L. Smith, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., N.N.P.-B.C., associate professor and neonatal nurse practitioner track coordinator at the University of Louisville School of Nursing, conducted a study to see how massage might affect heart rate variability and, subsequently, autonomic nervous system development and function in premature babies.

Infant Massage May Improve Heart Rate in Preterm Babies

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