Graduation Year: December 2019
Publications: Summer 2018 McNair Scholar Research published in the UTA Research Commons
Goals: My goal after graduating from UTA is pursuing a PhD with a focus in nursing and epidemiology.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Cheryl Anderson, Associate Professor - College of Nursing and Health Innovation
The Effects of Postpartum Depression on Maternal-Infant Bonding Among Mothers Experiencing a Preterm Birth with Neonatal Intensive Care Admission
Maternal-infant bonding is crucial for cognitive, social, and emotional infant development. Postpartum depression (PPD) places the developing bond at risk and can lead to bonding impairment. Phase 1 of this ongoing study examines the prevalence of PPD symptoms and relationship between PPD and maternal-infant bonding among mothers of premature infants. To date 25 mothers completed the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and the Postpartum Bonding Questionnaire. One in four mothers reported either past or current depression. A significant correlation between PPD and PBQ scores was found. Lacking sufficient sample diversity, a secondary study aim to explore ethnic differences for PPD and bonding was not explored. Limitations include current sample characteristics, and timing and type of measurement tools. Mothers of preterm infants have been recognized by researchers as an at risk population with immediate and later peaking of depressive symptoms, especially minority mothers; thus, practice implications include initial and later postpartum assessments.