Date of Completion

Fall 11-30-2020

Project Type

Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing - Educational Leadership



Committee Chair/First Advisor

Dr. Anne White


Having an infant hospitalized is a highly stressful experience for caregivers, and the alteration of the parent role that is experienced can be one of the most detrimental stressors. The results of this review indicate that KC has a positive impact on caregiver’ confidence and selfesteem, as well as is associated with an increase in caregiver initiative in actively participating in the infant’s care. This implies the potential for a shift in neonatal care, in that caregivers could become the primary caregiver to the infant in the NICU setting, and that this shift could be mutually beneficial for both the infant as well as the caregiver. The active participation in the infant’s care both empowers the caregiver and nurtures the bond between the caregiver and the infant. This enhanced bonding has impactful psychological benefits for the caregiver, as they cultivate their sense of attachment and closeness with their new baby.