An ecological model for premature infant feeding

J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2009 Jul-Aug;38(4):478-89; quiz 489-90. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2009.01046.x.


Premature infants are at increased risk for poor health, feeding difficulties, and impaired mother-infant interaction, leading to developmental delay. Social-environmental risks, such as poverty or minority status, compound these biological risks, placing premature infants in double jeopardy. Guided by an ecological model, the Hospital-Home Transition: Optimizing Prematures' Environment intervention combines the auditory, tactile, visual, and vestibular intervention with participatory guidance provided by a nurse and community advocate to address the impact of multiple risk factors on premature infants' development.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Community Health Nursing
  • Developmental Disabilities / prevention & control*
  • Ecology
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Health Status Disparities
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature*
  • Models, Psychological
  • Mother-Child Relations*
  • Perinatal Care / methods*