Protecting the infant-parent relationship: special emphasis on perinatal mood and anxiety disorder screening and treatment in neonatal intensive care unit parents

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Abstract

Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) are common, particularly among parents of infants requiring admission to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), yet remain underdiagnosed and undertreated. Undertreated parental mental health disorders can interfere with healthy infant development, compounding abnormal neurodevelopment and psychosocial development that preterm or ill newborns may already face. Interdisciplinary efforts to increase PMAD awareness, screening, and referral uptake may improve family-infant health and developmental outcomes in high-risk infants requiring NICU admission. Therefore, special emphasis on PMAD screening and treatment in NICU parents aligns with the American Academy of Pediatrics mission and should be a focus in neonatal care and included in education, quality improvement, and outcome-based research initiatives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)815-818
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Perinatology
Volume42
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
MP has been supported by the National Institute of Health Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) grant 5K12HD055887-14(MPI); however, the NIH had no role in the design and conduct of this perspective piece.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature America, Inc.

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