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  1. Pridham, Karen PhD, RN, FAAN
  2. Harrison, Tondi PhD, RN
  3. Brown, Roger PhD
  4. Krolikowski, Mary MSN, RN
  5. Limbo, Rana PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC
  6. Schroeder, Michele PhD, RN, CPNP


Parenting transition is a process prompted by infant developmental changes and may be defined by motivations for caregiving and the goals they indicate. Qualitative exploration of neonatal and 1-year feeding experience of 22 mothers of very-low-birth-weight infants revealed 3 types of caregiving-related motivations-nurturing, relating, and shaping quality of life. The clusters of motivations differed between ages and across mothers, suggesting transition in parenting reflective of both infant development and maternal goals. Study with a larger sample is needed to examine change in caregiving motivations and their function in characterizing parenting transitions.