Maternal Needs and Priorities in Neonatal Intensive Care Environment: A Cros- sectional study in the UAE
Keywords:Intensive care units, Sedation, Spontaneous awakening trial, Spontaneous breathing trials,, Weaning
Background: HospitalizaBon of neonates in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) pre- sents significant stress and adaptaBon challenges for mothers. Understanding their needs is crucial for opBmal care, as unmet needs can adversely affect both maternal and infant health outcomes.
Purpose: This study aims to systemaBcally assess the maternal needs and prioriBes in the NICU seRng, emphasizing the significance of maternal well-being in neonatal care.
Methods: Employing a cross-secBonal survey design, we engaged 200 mothers of hospi- talized neonates in Al Qassimi Women and Children Hospital, Sharjah. The Maternal Needs Inventory, comprising 25 items across five dimensions (Assurance, Proximity, InformaBon, Support, and Comfort), was uBlized. Mothers rated their needs and listed their top five prioriBes.
Results: Assurance needs emerged as paramount, with 87.2% of mothers highlighBng them as criBcal. Comfort needs were deemed least important (52.4%). A significant associaBon was noted between maternal needs and certain demographic variables, underscoring the diversity of maternal experiences in the NICU.
Conclusion: The Maternal Needs Inventory proves to be an effecBve tool in recognizing and addressing mothers’ needs in the NICU. Addressing these needs is vital for fostering a family-centered care approach, crucial for both maternal and neonatal well-being.