Manipal Journal of Medical Sciences


Background: Parenting is a process of being a parent to one’s offspring. This process enables the couple to plan for a child, give birth to it and care for it throughout. Before the arrival of her new born, the mother should get prepared to parent her new born as her pregnancy advances. Aims and Objectives: To determine the perceived maternal parenting self-efficacy and coping of mothers of preterm infants admitted in NICU and postnatal wards in tertiary care hospitals. Material and Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive survey was conducted using the Perceived Maternal Parenting Self-Efficacy (PMP S-E) tool, which was developed to measure selfefficacy in mothers of premature infants by using non-probability purposive sampling technique among 61 mothers of preterm infants delivered at 32- 36 weeks ofgestation. Results: Majority (78%) of the mothers had average coping. The mean and standard deviation ofthe perceived maternal parenting self-efficacy was 58.8 ± 8.7. There was a positive co-relation (r=0.318, p=0.013) between the perceived maternal parenting self- efficacy and the parent coping which was statistically significant. Conclusion: The perceived maternal parenting self-efficacy has an influence on the parent coping. Healthcare providers must play a vital role in enhancing the parenting self-efficacy of mothers during pregnancy