Admittance of newborns into a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a common, though often unexpected, occurrence. Prior research on the psychological impacts of a NICU admittance for new mothers has utilized hospital samples for postpartum depressive symptomology. The current study draws upon a transition to motherhood survey conducted in 2016 of 127 women during pregnancy and following the birth of a first child. Though there were no significant differences in depression scores during pregnancy, multiple regression analyses indicate that women whose infants were admitted to a NICU following birth reported significantly higher postpartum depressive symptomology than women whose infants were not admitted to a NICU. These findings suggest implications for policies and practices that enhance maternal well-being following an infant’s NICU admittance.
|Original language||American English|
|State||Published - 22 Aug 2020|
|Event||Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Research Day 2019 - Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, TULSA, United States|
Duration: 21 Feb 2019 → 22 Feb 2019
|Conference||Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Research Day 2019|
|Abbreviated title||Research Day 2019|
|Period||21/02/19 → 22/02/19|