Mother-child relationship—FIRST score*


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    A version of this paper was presented by E. M. Salariya at the Midwife and Research Meeting in Glasgow, November 1982.


This paper describes the use of the MCR FIRST score. The score has evolved as a method of measuring certain aspects of a mother's caring for her newborn baby. The factors included are feeding, interest, response, speech and touch, and these have been combined into a numerical score. The results for 100 mothers who were assessed on days 1, 3 and 5 postpartum are presented. The MCR FIRST score is distinguished by its simplicity of use in clinical work and may be helpful in recognizing potential impairment of mother-child relationships during the early postpartum period.