At the outset of pregnancy, most parents expect a roughly 40-week journey punctuated by the birth of a healthy baby. When a preterm birth upends these expectations, the effects extend beyond the infant; there are real psychological consequences for the parents themselves.
Treatment of Psychological Distress in Parents of Premature Infants tackles these issues, shedding light on the high prevalence of symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in parents following a premature birth.
More than a dozen experts lend their expertise as they examine not only the medical and neurological consequences of premature birth on infants but also recent findings on the psychological effects of premature birth on parents—including the particular issues that fathers experience, which receive their own chapter.
Uniquely, this volume outlines a comprehensive programmatic approach to psychological consultation in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The authors describe how to leverage common interventions—including trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy—in innovative ways to reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD in NICU parents.
A chapter that focuses on vulnerable child syndrome underscores the implications of failing to address PTSD symptoms on parenting and child development and offers a parent-focused intervention to reduce unhealthy patterns of overprotective parenting.
The insights offered throughout the book—as well as in the complementary online treatment manual—will position readers to develop an entire program of psychological services, from screening to intervention, in the NICU.
- Download Handout 1.1 - Common Characteristics of Premature Infants
- Download Handout 1.2 - Things Parents Can Do With Their Baby in the NICU
- Download Handout 1.3 - Importance of Skin-to-Skin Holding
- Download Handout 1.4 - Communicating in Stressful Situations
- Download Handout 1.5 - Relaxation Techniques
- Download Handout 2.1 - Common Thoughts and Feelings of Parents in the NICU
- Download Handout 2.2 - ABC-B Worksheet
- Download Handout 2.3 - Examining the Evidence
- Download Handout 2.4 - What Would I Tell a Friend?
- Download Handout 2.5 - Positive Self-Statements
- Download Handout 3.1 - Symptoms of Traumatic Stress
- Download Handout 3.2 - How Triggers Work
- Download Handout 3.3 - Triggers
- Download Handout 3.4 - Feelings Thermometer Scale
- Download Handout 3.5 - Stress Triangle
- Download Handout 3.6 - Tips to Reduce Stress and Increase Support
- Download Handout 3.7 - Self Care
- Download Handout 4.1 - Stages of Loss
- Download Handout 4.2 - Trauma Narrative Questions
- Download Handout 4.3 - Progressive Muscle Relaxation
- Prepare - Two copies of written transcript of parent’s trauma narrative
- Prepare - Trauma Narrative Cue Sheet to cue you about topics to raise during discussion of the trauma narrative
- Download Handout 6.1 - Overprotective Parenting
- Download Handout 6.2 - Overprotective Parenting in the Short Term
- Download Handout 6.3 - Overprotective Parenting in the Long Term
- Download Handout 6.4 - Triggers and Overprotective Parenting
- Download Handout 6.5 - Developing a Successful Parenting Style
- Download Handout 6.6 - Participant Observer Worksheet
- Download Handout 6.7 - Things to Consider for Home
- Download Handout 6.8 - Baby’s First Year
- Download Handout 6.9 - Baby Steps