Preterm discharge effects: Relationship between the maternal experience and newborn's psychobiological regulation

Ausilia Sparano, Agnieszka Nieznanska, Daniela De Berardinis, Valentina Panetta, Rosa Ferri, Rocco Agostino
2011 Polish Psychological Bulletin  
Preterm discharge effects: Relationship between the maternal experience and newborn's psychobiological regulation The purpose of this study is to investigate how the past experiences of mothers and their potentially traumatic events during pregnancy may have influenced the processes of psychobiological self-regulation and cognitive development in a child born preterm. Eighty children who had a gestational age of < 32 weeks were examined at the 9th month of the corrected age. The mothers and
more » ... The mothers and children were divided in two groups: multipara mothers and their children and the primipara mothers and their children. These children were examined on the basis of sleep disorders, nutritional problems and mental development. Perinatal data from clinical observations and data from standardized developmental tests (BSID, II ed.) were used to describe the differences. The children of primipara mothers who had unexpected preterm delivery presented major incidences of sleep disorders while the children of primipara mothers, who programmed preterm delivery, presented a major incidences of nutrition problems. The predictability of preterm delivery has a major influence on the capacity of newborns for self-regulation in the case of primipara mothers.
doi:10.2478/v10059-011-0012-z fatcat:yofsdfmjm5dzvdw4aba3ijwnkq