Emotional distress in mothers of preterm hospitalized infants: A feasibility trial of nurse-delivered treatment

L. S. Segre, R. Chuffo-Siewert, R. L. Brock, M. W. O'hara

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Objective:Mothers of preterm infants in a hospital neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are at risk for clinically significant depression and anxiety, but for these women their own treatment is likely a secondary priority. This study evaluated the feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of an evidence-based, nurse-delivered, on-site depression treatment: listening visits (LVs).Study Design:Therapeutic LVs were delivered on site to 23 distressed mothers of NICU infants. The intervention was conducted by a neonatal nurse practitioner and the outcome was examined in an open-trial, pre-post evaluation.Result:A part-time nurse practitioner delivered six LVs to each participant within a 1-month time frame. LVs were associated with significantly improved mood and well-being in mothers. The majority of eligible women took advantage of LVs and felt satisfied with their care.Conclusion:This open trial provides 'proof-of-concept', with results that warrant further evaluation in a multisite randomized controlled trial.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)924-928
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Perinatology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2013



  • NICU mothers
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • listening visits
  • nurse-delivered counseling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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