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ERIC Number: EJ1126846
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0736-8038
Infant Mental Health for Medically Fragile Babies in Intensive Care and Their Families
Browne, Joy V.; Talmi, Ayelet
ZERO TO THREE, v37 n3 p18-26 Jan 2017
Infants who begin their lives in intensive care are impacted physically and socioemotionally for many months and years to come. Likewise, stressful experiences of caring for a baby hospitalized in intensive care have an impact on primary caregivers, typically the baby's parents. Infant mental health (IMH) is an expanding, evidence-based field that emphasizes the importance of supporting early relationship development and optimal social and emotional outcomes through enhancing early relationships. Multidisciplinary IMH providers are uniquely prepared to support early relationship development between parents and infants, parents and intensive care professionals, and community mental health resources. As well-prepared and experienced IMH providers become available in intensive care units, babies, parents, and staff will benefit. This article addresses preparation, resources, and interventions that can be provided by IMH providers through case studies and examples for appropriate referrals in an intensive care setting.
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Language: English
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