Primary Health Care Follow-Up Visits: Investigation Of Care Continuity Of Preterm Newborns From A Kangaroo-Mother Care Unit

  • Marielle Ribeiro Feitosa
  • Fabiane do Amaral Gubert
  • Marcela Ariadne Braga Gomes Tomé
  • Maria Talyta Mota Pinheiro
  • Clarice da Silva Neves
  • Jéssica Lima Benevides
  • Lidiane Nogueira Rebouças
  • Leonardo Alexandrino da Silva
  • Sarah Rayssa Cordeiro Sales Pinheiro
  • Êmile Costa Barros
  • Clarissa Costa Gomes
  • Mariana da Silva Diógenes
  • Amanda Rebouças Bezerra de Menezes
  • Essyo Pedro Moreira de Lima
  • Daiana Rodrigues Cruz Lima
  • Larissa Ludmila Monteiro de Souza Brito
  • Márcia Maria Coelho Oliveira Lopes
  • Regina Cláudia Melo Dodt
  • Gláucia Maria Nóbrega Rocha
  • Paulo César de Almeida


INTRODUCTION: The kangaroo-mother care method is an approach adopted in Brazil as a public police, which has helped in the reduction of neonatal mortality rate. Premature birth and its vulnerabilities can trigger, especially in mothers, feelings of fear and insecurity related to taking care of newborns.

OBJECTIVE: Investigate care continuity of preterm newborns from a kangaroo-mother care method unit in primary health care facilities.

METHODS: It was a transversal study performed with 43 mothers of preterm newborns who were hospitalized in the rooming-in care unit of a kangaroo-mother care method unit of a Brazilian public maternity school. Data collection was carried out through a questionnaire, which was used to interview mothers between September 2015 and February 2016.

RESULTS: It was found a relationship between sociodemographic status and risk of premature birth, and the following variables: age, education, marital status, and family income. Regarding findings from the follow-up home visits in primary health care, most of the participants were still breastfeeding and using the kangaroo position. However, 60.5% of the interviewed mothers reported not receiving home visits from health professionals of primary health care facilities.

CONCLUSION: It is essential the support of health professionals and the participation of mothers and families to improve, through health education, quality of life promotion for newborns from kangaroo care approach.

Feb 22, 2017
How to Cite
RIBEIRO FEITOSA, Marielle et al. Primary Health Care Follow-Up Visits: Investigation Of Care Continuity Of Preterm Newborns From A Kangaroo-Mother Care Unit. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 10, feb. 2017. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 29 may 2017. doi:

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