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Implications for practice and research
Attention to pain management for preterm infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is of major importance.
A focused approach to developmental care rather than general measures may be beneficial.
Follow-up of very preterm mothers regarding their levels of stress following neonatal intervention is important.
While the parents of preterm infants experience only slightly more stress that parents of infants born at term during the first year of life,1 mothers of very preterm infants have increased levels of stress and depression while the child is hospitalised.2 As parenting …
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