NICU trauma may have a lasting impact according to recent studies

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PTSD is usually seen as a disorder associated with wartime, with assaults, with car accidents and things that are undoubtedly traumatic. However, what is not as obvious and that can be equally as traumatic is going through the ordeal of watching a child born prematurely struggle for his or her life. Kim Roscoe, recalling her son’s six-month hospitalization after being born three months early, stated, “The NICU was very much like a war zone, with the alarms, the noises, and death and sickness. You don’t know who’s going to die and who will go home healthy.”

A new study conducted by researchers at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, recently published in the journal Psychosomatics, followed the lives of 18 parents whose children were born prematurely. After four months, three of these parents were diagnosed with PTSD and another seven were considered at high risk for the disorder.

An article from the New York Times makes some interesting observations about the stresses of premature childbirth and its newly emerging recognition among the psychological community. Click here to read more.

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