Feature ArticlesGuiding Mothers of HIGH-RISK INFANTS in Obtaining Social SupportLOGSDON, M. CYNTHIA DNS, RN; DAVIS, DEBORAH WINDERS DNS, ARNPAuthor Information M. Cynthia Logsdon is affiliated with the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Spalding University, Louisville, Kentucky. Deborah Winders Davis is Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Louisville, School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Winders Davis can be reached at 233 East Gray Street, Suite 404, Louisville, Kentucky 40202, and via e-mail at [email protected]. MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: July 1998 - Volume 23 - Issue 4 - p 195-199 Buy Abstract The purpose of this article is to describe how nurses can assist the new mother of a high-risk infant, especially a preterm infant in identifying and obtaining the social support needed to help the family adapt in the first few weeks after the birth. The interventions recommended are based on a research study conducted by the authors and colleagues and summarized within this article. Because support was more important than these mothers expected it to be, it is important that nurses in prenatal, postpartum, neonatal, home health, and extended care settings recognize the need to assist women in identifying their support needs. In addition, nurses can help the mothers identify individuals within their social network who could assist them with those needs. Meeting the social support needs of a mother is important for her own mental and physical health and well-being. It also helps her meet the social and developmental needs of her infant. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.