This research project is associated with the project "Prematurity: maternal perception, maternal emotional health, mother-infant interaction and child development" (Case nº 2016 / 11557-4). The maternal perception of the experience of living with a baby hospitalized in NICU is determined by a set of factors: the baby, the mother, the relationship established with the health team and the social support network available. Among the factors related to the baby are the conditions associated with gestational age, birth weight and the presence or not of comorbidities that will define the treatment to be given as well as the length of hospital stay. In this perspective it is considered important to investigate data on the health of the baby hospitalized in NICUs that could justify maternal perception. In this way, this study has the general objective of investigating the perception that mothers of babies admitted to NICUs have about this condition and associate it to the SNAP-PE II score. The SNAP-PE (Score for Neonatal Acute Physiology - Perinatal Extension) evaluates the severity of these babies admitted to NICUs, considering all physiological measures of the baby and also evaluates birth weight, perinatal history data, such as the Apgar score and the classification of the newborn as small for gestational age (SGA). Fifty mothers and their babies who are admitted to the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) at Santa Isabel Maternity Hospital, Bauru-SP, will participate in the study. A protocol containing maternal sociodemographic data (age, occupation, schooling, number of children, marital status, previous history of abortions), information about mother and baby's health during pregnancy and questions about how she notices the health of the baby at this time, as well as the protocol of maternal perception about concrete situations related to the baby's hospitalization. The SNAP-PE score will be obtained on the baby's chart. It is hoped that the results of this study can guide the orientation and information that health professionals offer parents and interventions that promote satisfactory interactions between parents and specifically the mother and her baby.
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