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Volume 16/Issue 1, March 2020

Relieving paternal stress in the NICU

Catherine A. Pankonien


Parents often enter the neonatal intensive care environment unexpectedly with the early arrival of their infant and/or unforeseen illness. This can cause heightened stress and anxiety for both parents. When feeling these stressors parents, especially new fathers, may have difficulty bonding with their baby. Neonatal nurses are instrumental in providing care and bonding opportunities to new parents. This article focuses on the stress and anxiety of new fathers and addresses how healthcare staff can enhance the father-infant bond while decreasing the father’s stress.

Pankonien C.A. Relieving paternal stress in the NICU. Infant 2020;16(2): 64-66.
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