Maternal perceptions of neonatal care

Acta Paediatr. 1995 Jun;84(6):593-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.1995.tb13705.x.


In a large-scale study of neonatal care in England, hospital and questionnaire data were collected on the experiences of an unselected group of 420 mothers whose babies had recently been admitted for neonatal care to one of 23 widely distributed hospitals. Perceptions of their infant while in the neonatal unit differed in relation to gestational age, whether or not the baby required assisted ventilated, the mother's own health and if she had previously had a baby cared for in this way. This investigation of how mothers see and adjust to their small, sick baby in the neonatal unit confirmed the crisis nature of the birth and admission, and provides insights for staff and other health professionals about the salient issues for parents at this time.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health*
  • England
  • Female
  • Health Facility Environment
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units, Neonatal / statistics & numerical data*
  • Intensive Care, Neonatal / psychology*
  • Mothers / psychology*
  • Stress, Psychological