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The psychologist as a facilitator of family interaction in case of neonatal intensive care

In this article we present the care in the interactive process between the baby and his family as one of the priorities of the psychologist in a neonatal intensive care unit. We will characterize the environment of a NICU, and then discuss the family moment based on the experiences that happened during the pregnancy and the ones caused by a premature or risk labor. After comprehending these two aspects - the environment and the moment that the different family characters are going through - we will discuss some of the attention that a psychologist can offer, providing health through the facilitation for the family interaction.

Neonatal intensive care; Parents-baby interaction; Hospital psychology

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