Yakup Karakurt , Huseyin Dag , Habip Gedik , Avidan Kizilelema Yigit , Fatih Aygun , Omer Faruk Beser
Objective: It was aimed to evaluate the emotional status of the mothers whose newborns required mechanical ventilation in the neonatal intensive care unit due to any disease compared to mothers whose new-borns did not require mechanical ventilation.
Material and methods: A survey study was carried out among the mothers whose newborns required mechanical ventilation in the neonatal intensive care unit of Ministry of Health Okmeydani Training and Research Hospital between May 1, 2017 and November 1, 2017 due to any disease by one on one interview using Beck Depression Inventory (BDI).
Results: In the study, the mothers of 50 new-borns (mechanical ventilation group) who were mechanically ventilated during the neonatal period, and the mothers of newborns (control group) who were not mechanically ventilated during the neonatal period, but hospitalized due to any reason and their mothers were evaluated. The mean BDI value of the mothers whose newborns underwent to a mechanical ventilation (14.0 ± 11.2 points) was found to be significantly higher than that of mothers in the control group, statistically (7.6 ± 4.7 points; p=0.001). Conclusion: BDI scores of the mothers whose newborns underwent to mechanical ventilation were higher than those of the mothers whose new-borns did not have a mechanical ventilation. The lower BDI scores were correlated with the higher education level, younger age and having a job. Mothers whose newborns undergo mechanical ventilation should be followed up in terms of depression, and supported psychologically, if they are suspected of depression.