Implementing a Parent Education Program in the Special Care Nursery.


Journal Article

BACKGROUND:Parents of preterm hospitalized infants, whose lengths of stay can range from a few days to several months, often experience emotional liability. Because the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Special Care Nursery (SCN) is a stressful and intimidating environment, prompt attention should be given to reducing parental stress and increasing parental confidence in preparation to care for their child post-discharge. METHODS:A quality improvement pilot project was designed to evaluate the parent education and support program, titled HUG Your Baby, in a Level II SCN for its ability to decrease stress and increase confidence for postpartum mothers of preterm infants born at less than 35 weeks gestation during the infant's hospitalization. RESULTS:The outcomes demonstrated a statistically significant decrease in maternal stress and a statistically significant increase in maternal confidence. DISCUSSION:The HUG Your Baby program is an effective parent education and support program that would benefit NICU and SCN families.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hunter, LML; Blake, S; Simmons, C; Thompson, J; Derouin, A

Published Date

  • March 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 33 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 131 - 137

PubMed ID

  • 30146361

Pubmed Central ID

  • 30146361

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-656X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0891-5245

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.pedhc.2018.06.007


  • eng