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Ginekologia i Poloznictwo
ISSN 1896-3315 e-ISSN 1898-0759

Maternal mental health and preterm infant development


Author(s): Katarzyna Kniaziew-Gomoluch (ABDEF), Tomasz Łosień (ABDE), Beata Kita (DEF), Urszula Sioma-Markowska (DE), Anna Brzęk (DE)

Pregnancy and childbirth are risk factors for postnatal depression and/or symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in the mother. Preterm birth carries a particular risk of mental problems in both parents. The mental state of the mother of a preterm infant may adversely affect the child’s development. Postpartum depression and post-traumatic stress syndrome create conditions that are not conducive to the personal development of mothers as well as to the development of their children. Early detection and treatment of depression or symptoms of postnatal stress help avoid harmful consequences for both mothers and children, especially those born prematurely.