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Expressive writing intervention for mothers following the birth of their premature baby.
Title of the conference
The Marcé International Society International Biennial General Scientific Meeting
October 3-5, 2012, in Paris, France
Archives of Womens Mental Health
The birth of a preterm infant is in most cases unexpected and can be a distressing experience for parents. Parents of premature babies report more stress, experience more adjustment difficulties and need for support during the first year after delivery compared to parents of infants born at term. It has been documented that parents may experience posttraumatic stress reactions, anxiety and depression following the premature birth of their baby, which subsequently may impact on the mother-baby-interactions, their attachment relationship and the cognitive, social and behavioural development of the baby. In this pilot study, we offered an expressive writing intervention to women who recently had a premature baby to alleviate their psychological distress and to improve their physical health. During the expressive writing intervention, women were asked to write down their deepest thoughts and feelings about the most traumatic aspect of their experience of having a premature baby for 15 min over three consecutive days. The aims of the study were as follows: (1) To evaluate the effect of expressive writing on psychological and physical health in women who recently had a premature baby. (2) To evaluate the effect of expressive writing on the use of healthcare services and medication in this population. (3) To evaluate the acceptability and feasibility of this intervention for this population. Forty participants were randomly allocated to either the expressive writing intervention group or a wait list control group. Pre- and post questionnaires to evaluate the effectiveness of the expressive writing intervention, as well as their acceptability and feasibility were completed. The intervention took place when the baby was 3 months of corrected age. Post-measures were completed at 1 and 3 months following the intervention. Results and their clinical implications will be discussed with regards to the implementation of this safe and cost-effective method as a preventative measure in the routine care of women who recently gave birth to a premature baby
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