Psychiatric Services in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

  • Klaus K. Minde
  • Donna E. Stewart


The psychological problems of infants, parents, and staff members who are patients, visit, or work in an intensive care unit have been the focus of increasing attention. For example, mental health professionals more than 30 years ago highlighted the psychological difficulties parents experience when they have a small premature or sick newborn.1–3 Since Barnett and his colleagues4 wrote their article on the effect the separation of a premature infant from his or her mother may have on her parenting ability, much effort has been made to humanize the highly technological environment of these units.5 This has included around-the-clock visiting hours, support groups for parents of premature infants,6 and lately, an extension of free visiting for other relatives, including siblings.7


Premature Infant Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Mental Health Professional Postpartum Depression Neonatal Unit 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Klaus K. Minde
    • 1
  • Donna E. Stewart
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and PsychologyQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry, Obstetrics, and GynecologyUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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