Maternal participation in the care of the high risk infant: follow-up evaluation.
ABSTRACT Fifty mothers of high risk infants admitted to the Neonatal Special Care Unit were followed up to the postnatal age of 2.5 mo +/- 15 days. Twenty five mothers (Group I) had stayed in the nursery with the infant for a period of 4.8 +/- 4.6 days until the discharge of the infant, providing expressed milk and participating in the non-specialised care of the infant. The other 25 mothers (Group II) remained separate from their babies for the duration of the latter's stay in the hospital although some of the mothers did come off and on to give expressed human milk and at times handle their infants. Family features such as parental age, educational and occupational status, and presence of residential elder women, were similar in the two groups. Infant characteristics too, such as sex, birth weight, and early neonatal morbidity were also comparable. Operative deliveries and maternal problems were as expected more in the separated group. The duration of the infants' hospital stay was also more in the latter (9.5 +/- 3.5 vs 6.3 +/- 3.9 days; p greater than 0.05). Subsequent to their discharge, mothers who had stayed with the infant identified the following benefits of their stay--acquiring of knowledge relevant to infant care especially hygiene (19) and their personal involvement in the care of their infant (12), both of which they said increased their self confidence in looking after the babies after discharge, and provision of breast milk round the clock (17).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
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ABSTRACT: To compare perceived workplace quality in an open-bay neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and a single-family room (SFR) NICU. Prospective non-randomized, non-controlled cohort study. Staff workplace quality perceptions assessed included the following: the quality of being a Sanford Health System employee (NS-not significant), the quality of the NICU physical work environment, the quality of NICU patient care, the job quality in the NICU, the quality of health and safety in the NICU (NS), the quality of safety and security in the NICU, the quality of interaction with other members of the NICU health-care team (NS; in subanalysis nurse scores significantly declined), the quality of interaction with NICU technology and the off-job quality of life (NS). Scores for each category and the total scores were statistically greater in the SFR, except as noted (NS). Staff perceptions of workplace quality were significantly greater in the SFR than the open-bay NICU.Journal of perinatology: official journal of the California Perinatal Association 10/2009; 30(5):352-8. · 1.59 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: To describe Brazilian mothers' experiences of home care for their low birth weight (LBW) infants. Descriptive. Eleven Brazilian mothers whose LBW infants were hospitalized at birth and followed up for a period of four weeks. Brazilian mothers' recollections about the home care of their infants. The study identified the infants' and mothers' profiles and the mothers' concerns about disruption in attachment due to hospitalization and their infants' growth. After hospital discharge, these mothers mainly worried about their infants' weight gain, breathing, and overall development, as well as breastfeeding, feeding, and medication preparation.Neonatal network: NN 03/2002; 21(1):30-4.