Research has found that mothers of babies who are born with poor health suffer after childbirth as much as the babies do. According to a research conducted in the University of Winconsin-Madison, the team of researchers has found that the health of mothers who deliver tiny babies is much worse when compared to mothers who deliver normal healthy children.
According to the leader of the study, Dr. Whitney Witt, the health of mothers deteriorates because of the care required by the tiny babies, which can be extremely grueling and stressful both mentally and physically. These children and their mothers had a tough time coping up in the initial five years. The study was conducted as a part of Newborn Lung Project. Dr. Witt is an assistant professor in UW School of Medicine and Public Health in the department of population health sciences.
Dr. Witt said that it was important to provide support for both the mother and the child in the initial growing up years of the child. This is crucial in order to keep the entire family healthy. For the study, 297 cases of tiny baby births and 290 cases of normal baby births were considered. These women had babies that weighed less than 1.5 kilograms at birth. The study considered births between 2003 and 2004. These were cases of women who had delivered tiny babies and the babies were kept in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
The results of the study were interesting. It was found that mothers who had tiny babies were in a much worse physical condition when compared to women who had babies that weighed normal. The loss of health is also due to the fact that bringing up and nourishing tiny babies can be very stressful emotionally. It was also found that longer the time babies spent in neonatal care, higher was the deterioration of the mother’s health during the first five years following birth of the child. The deterioration of mother’s health was not dependent on her health condition during or before pregnancy.
The health deteriorated further in cases where tiny children suffered behavioral problems until the age of two. Stress played a major role in the deterioration of mother’s health in this case. The researchers of the study say that it is important for care providers and doctors to provide special attention to mothers who had babies with low birth weight since her health also stands to deteriorate in the following years.