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Influence of NICU co-care facilities and skin-to-skin contact on maternal stress in mothers of preterm infants
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing. Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture Unit (MAINN), School of Health, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, UK ; Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4013-1553
University of Central Lancashire.
Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture Unit (MAINN), School of Health, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, UK.
Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture Unit (MAINN), School of Health, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, UK.
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2013 (English)In: Sexual & Reproductive HealthCare, ISSN 1877-5756, Vol. 4, no 3, 107-112 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: 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.

Methods:  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.

Results: 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.

Conclusion:  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.

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2013. Vol. 4, no 3, 107-112 p.
Keyword [en]
Skin to skin; Co-care; Mother; Neonatal intensive care unit; Parental stress; Preterm infant
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Nursing
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Hälsa och välfärd
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-13195DOI: 10.1016/j.srhc.2013.06.002ISI: 000325387700005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-13195DiVA: diva2:658990
Available from: 2013-10-23 Created: 2013-10-23 Last updated: 2015-06-26Bibliographically approved

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