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Original Article
The Impact of Kangaroo Mother Care on Postpartum Depression in Premature Infants' Mothers
Sepideh Herizchi1, Mohammad Bagher Hosseini2, Mahsa Ghoreishizadeh1
1Research Center of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences,Tabriz,Iran
2Departments of Pediatrics and Neonatal, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences,Tabriz,Iran

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Objectives: Postpartum depression is a serious problem with considerable effects on the mother and infant's health, which is more common in preterm infants' mothers. Kangaroo Mother Care [KMC] method is a cheap and convenient way to take better care of premature neonates.This study aimed to evaluate the effect of [KMC] on the incidence of postpartum depression in preterm infants' mothers.

Materials and Methods: In this prospective cohort study, 60 premature infants' mothers hospitalized in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Tabriz Al-Zahra hospital were selected.All the mothers gave birth through caesarean section and carried out [KMC]. Mothers were divided to 2 groups: Mothers with 3 times or more a day KMC and the others with less KMC.
All mothers were required to complete the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) on the 10th, 20th and 30th days after the delivery. The changes in mothers' depression scale were evaluated.

Results: There was no obvious difference between the two groups in terms of EPDS scores on the 10th day (p=0.07).However, there was significant difference on the 20th and 30th days (p<0.001).

Conclusion: Considering the results of this study, it can be resulted that depression in mothers with Kangaroo Mother Care decreased during follow-up time. In fact, Kangaroo Mother Care is associated with a predictive effect on postpartum depression.

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