Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: Parenting
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 5
Ava M. Nykiforuk, BSc. (she/her/hers)
Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Our results showed that parents of all categories of prematurity had higher rates of separation than parents of children born full-term. Time to separation after the index birth was similar between groups (Table 1).
The regression model showed that compared to parents of children born term, only parents of children born at 34-36 weeks had a higher incidence rate of separation, although parents of children born at 28-33 weeks, and at < 28 weeks had similar IRRs (Table 2). We identified parity >1, maternal smoking, high SEFI-2 score, maternal income assistance at time of delivery and mental disorders among mothers and fathers as parental risk factors associated with separation in this cohort.
In conclusion, parents of children born preterm had higher separation rates than parents of children born full-term. The risk factors identified can be used by health care professionals to offer appropriate supports to at-risk parents.