Document Type: Original Article
Student of nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences,Shiraz,Iran
Community Based Psychiatric Care Research Center, Department of Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
Maternal –fetal medicine Research Center, Department of Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran .
Introduction: Spiritual health is one of important factors predicting human health. This study aimed to determine the relationship between the mothers' spiritual health and newborn babies' physical development indices and other physiologic parameters.
Method: In this cross sectional study, 155 mothers giving birth to newborn babies in 1396-1397 were selected from Hazrat Zeinab hospital. The data were gathered through a checklist containing all mothers and babies' demographic information. Moreover, we used Pultzin Walison's scale to measure the mothers' spiritual health. To analyze the data, we used SPSS.
The mothers' mean age was 27.84+- 6.67 years and 71.6% of the mothers' education was under diploma and 65.2% of them were not employed (did not have any jobs). The mean score of the mothers' spiritual health was 75.96±8.75, of which 97.4% had a moderate spiritual health and 2.6% had a high level of spiritual health. There was a significant negative correlation between the mothers' spiritual health score and the physical development scores. However, this correlation was significant (height: r= -0.1, p=0.21, weight r= - 0.058 p=0.47, size of head: r=-0.033 p=0.6, size of belly: r=0.047 p=0.56), and there were positive correlations between the mothers' spiritual health scores, heart beats r=-0.034 p=0.66, the percentage of saturated oxygen r=-0.034 p=0.90), and the degree of heat (r=0.047 p=0.96), though none of these correlations were statistically significant.
Conclusion: In general, this study showed that most of the mothers had a normal and high level of spiritual health, but the percentage of medial level of spiritual health was more observed in mothers. Moreover, no significant correlations were found between mothers' spiritual health score and new born babies' physical development indices and other physiologic factors.