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MOREIRA, Jacqueline de Oliveira. The disruption of going on being: the trauma of premature birth. Mental [online]. 2007, vol.5, n.8, pp. 91-106. ISSN 1679-4427.

The present text aims to reflect upon the problem of premature birth from Winnicott's point of view. A premature or pre-term baby is the one who is born before thirty-seven weeks of gestation, and the extreme immaturity appears on those whose gestational age is less than twenty-eight weeks. The birth of a premature child is traumatic both for the mother and the baby. The premature mother may not be ready to stand the particular condition of "Primary Maternal Preoccupation". The baby is sent to the warmth of the incubator, which satisfies his physiological necessities, but not his psychic demands. We intend to reflect upon the traumatic impacts of the premature birth in the subjective constitution of the small being in development.

Palavras-chave : Birth; Premature; Trauma; Anguish; Mother-child interaction; Going on being.

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