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2020

ANUÁRIO DO HOSPITAL
DONA ESTEFÂNIA

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BABY TALKS - AN INFANT MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT IN A PRISON NURSERY

Catarina Garcia Ribeiro1; Rita Amaro2; Sofia Vaz Pinto3; Lília Carvalho4; Rita Rapazote5; Pedro Caldeira da Silva6

1, 2, 3 - Médico Interno, Psiquiatria da Infância e da Adolescência, Área da Mulher, Criança e Adolescente, Hospital Dona Estefânia, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Lisboa Central, Lisboa.
4 - Enfermeira Especialista em Saúde Mental, Psiquiatria da Infância e da Adolescência, Área da Mulher, Criança e Adolescente, Hospital Dona Estefânia, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Lisboa Central, Lisboa.
5 - Médico Especialista, Psiquiatria da Infância e da Adolescência, Área da Mulher, Criança e Adolescente, Hospital Dona Estefânia, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Lisboa Central, Lisboa.
6 - Chefe de Serviço, Especialidade de Psiquiatria da Infância e da Adolescência, Área da Mulher, Criança e Adolescente, Hospital Dona Estefânia, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Lisboa Central, Lisboa.

- Reunião institucional: apresentação oral na reunião clínica do Centro de Estudos do Bebé e da Criança; 17 julho de 2019 (Anexo 1).
- Congresso internacional: apresentação de póster no 18th International Congress of European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Anexo 2).

Introduction: "Baby Talks" was a project created by the Infant Mental Health Unit in order to raise awareness among young people on issues related to the infants and toddler’s development, based on the promotion of good parenting practices. This project was replicated for the present study in a prison nursery.
Objectives: Following previous studies carried out in Portuguese (and other European) prisons that hold mothers with babies, it was intended to ascertain the impact that the formative presentation (given by pedopsychiatric doctors and a specialist mental health nurse) has on the set of technicians, caregivers and other prison staff who deal daily with the infants attending the prison nursery.
Methodology: The project consists of a presentation about 45 minutes long, in which themes such as neurodevelopment, attachment and emotions of the babies are approached. At the beginning and at the end of the session all mothers and educators answer a questionnaire about the infants’ emotions and feelings, as well as about mothering.
Results: With the obtained data, it is described the percentage data of the correct answers to each question given by the participants Before and After the session, with significant results in some questions concerning the impact of the project on the knowledge of mothers and prison educators on the infancy emotional development.
Conclusions: There were positive changes in knowledge about the emotions and needs of babies. Especially in the Prison Inmates subgroup, with a significant difference in questions about caregiveness.

Keywords: Prevention, Infant mental health, Prison Nursery, Baby Talks.