Flacking, Renee, Thomson, Gillian, Ekenberg, L, Lowengren, L and Wallin, L (2013) Influence of NICU co-care facilities and skin-to-skin contact on maternal stress in mothers of preterm infants. Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, 4 (3). pp. 107-112.
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.srhc.2013.06.002
To investigate the influence of co-care facilities and amount of skin-to-skin contact during Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) stay on maternal stress in mothers of preterm infants at two months corrected age.
A prospective cohort study that involved 300 mothers of pre-term infants was conducted in four NICUs (two with co-care facilities and two with non co-care) in Sweden. Data on duration of skin-to-skin contact per day for all days admitted to the NICU were collected using self-reports. Maternal stress was measured by the Swedish Parental Stress Questionnaire (SPSQ) at two months of infant’s corrected age.
Mothers whose infants were cared for in a NICU with co-care facilities reported significantly lower levels of stress in the dimension of ‘incompetence’ compared to mothers whose infants had been cared for in non co-care NICUs. The amount of skin-to-skin experienced during the neonatal stay was not significantly associated with levels of maternal stress at two months corrected age.
The finding that mothers who do not experience co-care facilities experience greater levels of stress in relation to feelings of incompetence is of concern. Improvements to NICU environments are needed to ensure that mother-infant dyads are not separated.
|Uncontrolled Keywords (separate with ;):||Skin to skin; Co-care; Mother; Neonatal intensive care unit; Parental stress; Preterm infant|
|Subjects:||B - Subjects allied to medicine > B730 - Children's nursing|
B - Subjects allied to medicine > B700 - Nursing
|Schools:||Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > School of Community Health and Midwifery|
|Deposited By:||Nicola Crossland|
|Deposited On:||26 Sep 2014 10:36|
|Last Modified:||17 May 2016 12:50|
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