Introduction: Mother, as the primary care provider for the baby, is expected to be able and independent in caring for the baby. Many factors can influence the independence of mothers in treating low birth weight babies. The purpose of this study was to develop a model of maternal independence in caring for low birth weight babies at home. Method: This study used an explanation survey. The samples were 160 mothers who had low birth weight babies. The samples were obtained through purposive sampling. The data were collected through a questionnaire and analyzed using Partial Least Squares. Result: The mother’s independence model is formed from maternal and health worker factors. The biggest effect is on the factor of health officers, with a statistical value of T = 3.061 Conclusion: Factors of health workers in making visits after mothers and babies go home and the care needed to be considered in increasing the independence of mothers to care for low birth weight babies at home are discussed. Further research is needed in the model of visits of nurses by involving families to improve the ability of mothers to care for low birth weight babies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1685-1690
Number of pages6
JournalIndian Journal of Public Health Research and Development
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019


  • Home care
  • Independence of mother
  • Low birth weight
  • Model


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