The Evidence Base for the Cues Program for Mothers of Very Low Birth Weight Infants: An Innovative Approach to Reduce Anxiety and Support Sensitive Interaction
Very low birth weight (VLBW) infants, born weighing less than 1,500 g, are at risk for several developmental problems. Consequently, there has been interest in developing intervention programs to prevent such problems. This article describes the empirical evidence that guided the development of an innovative, multicomponent intervention program for mothers of VLBW infants, as well as the program content and features. Based on the evidence, the program was designed to include six sessions and commence shortly after birth to reduce maternal psychological distress during the infant’s hospitalization in the neonatal intensive care unit and to promote sensitive mother‐infant interaction. The program incorporates various learning activities, including written materials, observational exercises, discussion, and video feedback.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2011
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