Factors Related to Postpartum Depression among Mothers of Preterm Infants

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Wilailak Phuakphan
Supit Siriarunrat
Wantana Suppaseemanont


          The aim of study was to examine the relationship between infant birth weight, maternal well-being, perceived infant well-being, self-esteem and nurse support, and postnatal depression among mothers of preterm infants. Participations’ were 110 mothers of preterm infants hospitalized in Tertiary Care Hospital in the 7th Area Health, who visited their infants at two weeks after their infants’ hospitalization. Pearson' s correlations coefficient and Spearman' s rank correlations coefficient were employed for data analysis.

           The results revealed that postpartum depression was found in 50.90 %. There were moderate negatively association between postpartum depression and self-esteem (r = -.385, p < .001), maternal well-being (r = -.353, p < .001), and perceived infant well-being (r = -.344, p < .001).  However, nurse support and infant birth weight were not statistically correlated with postpartum depression. Study findings suggest that nurse would potentially prevent postpartum depression among mothers of hospitalized preterm infants by promoting maternal self-esteem, maternal well-being, and perceived infant well-being.


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