Motherlove, The Baby's Greatest Need

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  • This silent film features Renée Spitz's original footage of his studies on child development in the first year and the importance to babies of the basic needs: food, shelter, and someone to love them. The video shows the healthy development of a child who is well-loved and cared for, as well as the problems faced by children who have lost their mothers and who have inadequate mother substitutes, highlighting their mourning reactions. Black & white.


  • Originally released by The University of Akron, 1951.
  • Streaming video file encoded with permission for digital streaming by Infobase on August 10, 2018.
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  • Introduction: Motherlove, The Baby's Greatest Need (0:37); Part I: Motherlove (7:30); Part II: The Loss of Motherlove (11:10); Credits: (0:11)
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