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Dr. Marshall Klaus

September 2017

On August 15th, the mother-infant world lost one of its finest. Dr. Marshall Klaus passed away at age 90 in Palo Alton, CA, USA. Here is a bit about him and his work, from the bio on his website. http:www.birthandbonding.org  My sincere sympathies go out to his widow, Dr. Phyllis Klaus.

Marshall H. Klaus, M.D., internationally known neonatologist and researcher, is the author or coauthor of several standard works in the field, including Bonding, Care of the High Risk Newborn, and Mothering the Mother. He teaches pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine.
Dr. Klaus has had exceptional influence as researcher, professor of pediatrics in American medical schools, visiting professor in Chile and Australia, recipient of many awards, and author of books translated into Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, German, Danish, Swedish, and Japanese. With his long-time colleague, pediatrician John Kennell, Marshall has made "bonding" a household word.

A pioneer in neonatology, Marshall did the original work in isolating and identifying the surfactant critical to early respiration, a breakthrough that led to life-saving clinical application in nurseries everywhere. He took the lead in opening the premature nursery to parents and has been a leader in the humane care of mothers and babies, including support for parents dealing with the death of a baby.

Dr. Klaus has held a succession of key academic and clinical positions including: Director of Intensive Care Nurseries and the Clinical Research Center for Preterm Infants at Stanford University in California; Professor and Chair of Pediatrics at Michigan State University; East Lansing, MI; and Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western University, and Director of Premature and Newborn Nurseries in Cleveland, Ohio. During his long career he trained over 35 Fellows in Neonatology, many of whom are now leaders in research and directors of newborn units world wide.

Marshall Klaus wrote the first text in Neonatology, now in its 5th edition, and for the past decade has been Editor of the Yearbook in Perinatal, Neonatal Medicine, a chronicle of leading research developments. His intense involvement with mothers and babies has flowered in an impressive series of research projects proving the importance--and urgency--of the early relationship of mothers with babies.

In both highly technical and popular books, Dr. Klaus has guided a generation of professionals and parents. His recent books have emphasized the profound advantages of continuous social (doula) support during labor and birth. In his last three books, he has had the collaboration of psychotherapist Phyllis Klaus, APPPAH Board member, and spouse. Perhaps their most popular book to date is The Amazing Newborn (1985) published by Addison-Wesley, available in seven languages.

 

Kathy Parkes, MSN-Ed, BSPsy, RN, IBCLC, RLC, FILCA

Professional Development Educator

 

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