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Evie StoltzFollow

Start Date

16-11-2018 9:00 AM

End Date

16-11-2018 11:00 AM



This integrative review of the literature on the effects of preterm birth and the incidence of Post-Partum Depression (PPD) in mothers. There were 18 studies that were selected to be reviewed based on the findings of their research on the relationship between PPD and giving birth to a preterm infant. Factors that have been suggested to result in maternal depression include social support, mother’s relationship status, stressors, environment, self-esteem, maternal health and wellbeing, difficulty bonding with the child, and infant health and wellbeing. While all these factors are significant in the development of PPD, it is elevated levels of anxiety and stress associated with having an infant in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with failing health that have been found to result in the highest incidence of PPD. The findings suggest that there is a higher incidence in developing PPD in women who give birth prematurely. Secondly there is a direct relationship between PPD and having a preterm infant. Based on the themes that have been noted in the findings, suggestions for further practice and research can be stated.

Keywords:Infant, preterm, preterm infant, maternal, depression, post-partum, post-partum depression, mother

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