A Nurse-Based Model of Psychosocial Support for Emotionally Distressed Mothers of Infants in the NICU

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Abstract

Mothers whose infants are hospitalized in the NICU are frequently emotionally distressed, particularly early in the hospitalization. The Family-Centered Developmental Care philosophy, widely adopted by NICUs, calls for an expanded focus on the well-being of the entire family. In this article, we describe an innovative, nurse-delivered program for emotionally distressed mothers of infants in the NICU that includes screening and an empirically supported counseling approach: Listening Visits.

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