Co-bedding versus single-bedding premature multiple- gestation infants in incubators
Abbreviated Journal Title
co-bedding; multiple gestation; neonatal; prematurity; Nursing; Obstetrics & Gynecology
Objective: To compare the physiological stability and behavioral effects of co-bedding with those of single-bedding premature multiple-gestation infants in incubators as well as the psychological effects on their parents. Design: Prospective, randomized, repeated measure. Participants: Convenience sample of 16 infants and 8 parents in the co-bedded group, and 21 infants and I I parents in the control group. Interventions: Infants in the study group were co-bedded in incubators. Main Outcome Measures: Baseline and posttesting for parental state anxiety, maternal attachment, and parental satisfaction measures; infant sleep-wake synchronicity; physiological measures; and stress cue measures during baseline and activity. Main Results: Repeated measures 5 (time) x 2 (group) analysis of variance found significant differences in infant daily weight, feeding amount, and high-activity heart rate. There was no difference in parental state anxiety, maternal attachment, and parental satisfaction scores by group, except for higher baseline parental satisfaction scores in the co-bedded group. Conclusions: This research demonstrated the safety of co-bedding multiple-gestation infants in incubators but did not find any significant clinical improvement in infant or parental outcomes with co-bedding. Neonatal intensive-care unit providers should educate staff and parents about the potential benefits of co-bedding and consider developing policies and procedures for co-bedding in both incubators and cribs. Co-bedding of multiple-gestation infants may be provided as an adjunctive developmental care strategy if parents desire this intervention.
Jognn-Journal of Obstetric Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing
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