The experience of parents of a premature baby

Cohen, Margaret (2013) The experience of parents of a premature baby. In: Becoming parents and overcoming obstacles: Understanding the experience of miscarriage, premature births, infertility, and postnatal depression. Karnac, London, pp. 23-39. ISBN 9781782200185

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To have an idea of the experience of parents having a premature baby it might be helpful to think about the impact and atmosphere of a neonatal intensive care unit, since almost all babies born more than eight weeks early are likely to spend some time in such a unit. A multiplicity of equipment surrounds the baby, and tubes and leads are fixed to him, so that it is hard to focus on the baby in the middle. In the intensive care unit the babies have tubes, which can be heavy, taped to their arms and legs. The babies have come too early, their capacities are not fully developed. Their skin is still very thin; sometimes there are fears that it may break down, with primitive and nightmare terrors of what that might mean. Many women seem to find it useful to talk over their experience with the child psychotherapist and they may use this opportunity in many different ways.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: First published in Italian in 2010
Subjects: Families > Childbirth
Families > Parent Child Relations/Parenthood
Department/People: Visiting Lecturer

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