The physical health of rural mothers and their low birth weight children

Barbara Sachs, Lynne A. Hall, Melanie Lutenbacher, Mary Kay Rayens

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Abstract

The purpose of this research was to examine the physical health of rural mothers and their low birth weight children (<2,500 gm). The health of rural mothers is of concern because rural families have poorer health than urban ones, and as the primary caregiver for the low birth weight child, mother's health affects the child's care and potentially the child's health. In this cross-sectional, exploratory study, in-home interviews were conducted with 48 mothers between 2 weeks and 18 months after their children were discharged from their birth hospitalization. Mothers' physical health and their perceptions of their children's health were assessed. The mothers were more concerned about their children's health than their own (p = .0005). The concerns included uncertainty about the children's future health, growth, and development. Suggestions for community health care providers are addressed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-222
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Community Health Nursing
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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