The purpose of this study was to determine the maternal perception of the neonate in two groups of patients. The Broussard Neonatal Perception Inventory was used to measure maternal perception. The Inventory was modified by the researcher for use with both primiparae and multiparae. The control group consisted of fifteen mothers receiving traditional postpartum care in the hospital setting. The study group was composed of fifteen mothers who, prior to delivery, chose to participate in an early discharge program. In the early discharge program the patient and her newborn returned home twelve to twenty-four hours after delivery with home follow-up by the perinatal nurse. The results of the study demonstrated no statistical difference in maternal perception of the neonate in the study group as compared to the control group. It was concluded that mothers participating in this non—traditional postpartum program could be expected to do as well in relating to their neonate as mothers choosing traditional postpartum care in the hospital.
Ruth M. White
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Infant, Newborn; Mother-Child Relations
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Bertucci, Linda, "Maternal Perception of the Neonate" (1977). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 1128.
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