Maternal Role Attainment

NICU healthcare professionals not only play a role in caring for premature babies, but also have a role in supporting mothers. This presentation will discuss the psychological processes involved in the transition from woman to attainment of the maternal role, along with practical ways for the NICU team to support, affirm and empower a mother in the NICU.


1. Explain two key psychological processes experienced by pregnant women as they transition to motherhood.

2. Describe two ways in which preterm birth and the NICU environment can hamper attachment through interruption in these processes.

3.Identify two care practices that can promote maternal role attainment.

Total CE: 1.4

NCC Code NNP 3 or 7

NCC Code NIC 1 or 7

NCC Code LRN 2 or 7

Rx = 0

*This presentation was included in the Small Baby Care Specialist® Program

Last updated: October, 2021

Your Instructor

Alexandra Luton
Alexandra Luton

Alexandra Luton is a Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) from Houston, TX. Alex received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology from Texas A&M in 2005, followed in 2007 by her BSN from UT Health Science Center in Houston. After almost five years of NICU nursing practice, Alex earned her Master of Nursing degree from the University of Washington as a Neonatal CNS and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in 2012. Alex has practiced as a Neonatal CNS since that time, gradually discovering distinct passions for education, quality improvement and building teams.

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The course starts as soon as you enroll. You will have access to this course (videos) for two months. Please be sure to download lecture handouts for ongoing access to the content presented. You must complete and submit the Evaluation at the end of the course to receive CE.
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