School of Nursing Centennial

April 24, 2018

Infant Mental Development

Kathryn Barnard

Revolutionized infant care

Kathryn Barnard was one of the first medical professionals to conduct extensive research on physical and emotional connections between parents and children. Barnard invented a rocking bed for infants after discovering that rocking motions help babies gain weight and develop motor functions. These rocking beds are now standard in hospital nurseries, an accomplishment that Barnard called one of her greatest achievements. In 2001, Barnard founded the UW Center for Infant Mental Health and Development, now named for her.


Faculty (1963–2006)


Faculty, Washington State Nurses Association Hall of Fame, Barnard Center for Infant Mental Health and Development

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