|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.
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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