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Maternal Perceived Quality of Life Following Childbirth

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  • Pamela D. Hill,

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    1. Pamela D. Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a professor in the College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago, Quad Cities Regional Program, Moline.
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  • Jean C. Aldag

    1. Jean C. Aldag, PhD, is an adjunct professor of Preventive Medicine in Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology in the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.
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Pamela D. Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN, College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago, Quad Cities Regional Program, 1515 5th Avenue, Moline, IL 61265. E-mail: phill@uic.edu.

Abstract

Objective:  To examine preterm, near-term, and term mothers’ self-reported quality of life in the early postpartum period.

Design:  Prospective, longitudinal repeated measures design.

Setting:  Four medical centers in the Midwest.

Patients/Participants:  A convenience sample of 184 mothers of either a preterm, near-term, or term infant.

Main Outcome Measure:  Maternal Postpartum Quality of Life tool.

Results:  Mothers of preterm infants scored significantly lower on the subscale psychological/baby of the Maternal Postpartum Quality of Life tool compared to mothers of near-term and term infants.

Conclusions:  Infant gestational age at birth has relevance for maternal quality of life during the postpartum period. Health care professionals need to be cognizant relative to infant gestational age and individualize nursing care. JOGNN, 2007. DOI: 10.1111/J.1552-6909.2007.00164.x

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