Friday 19 July 2019

40pc of mums with premature babies suffer from depression

Pictured is Willie O'Toole with baby Clooney to highlight World Prematurity Day (17th November). 4,500 babies are born premature in Ireland each year and 1 in 16 women will give birth to a pre-term baby here. Picture: Jason Clarke Photography.
Pictured is Willie O'Toole with baby Clooney to highlight World Prematurity Day (17th November). 4,500 babies are born premature in Ireland each year and 1 in 16 women will give birth to a pre-term baby here. Picture: Jason Clarke Photography.

Sarah Stack

More than 40pc of mothers with a premature baby suffered from post natal depression while a third felt they got no support while in hospital, a new study has found.

The research, which was carried out by Irish Premature Babies (IPB) to mark World Prematurity Day, also raised concerns over a lack of communication between medics and parents.

"The hospital staff dealing with the premature babies are quite simply amazing," said Allison Molloy, IPB chair.

"However, there is no doubt that they are overstretched and their focus, as it should be, is on ensuring the babies get the best care. Unfortunately, due to a lack of resources, this means the parents often lose out and they too require huge support."

Irish Independent

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