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This article is based on research in clinical psychopathology studying the construction of the maternal role in situations of extreme prematurity. The researchers, clinical psychologists adopting a psychoanalytical approach, conducted a discursive and thematic analysis of research interviews with five women living in couples who gave birth to their first child between 27 and 29 weeks of amenorrhoea. The results indicate that some mothers have a traumatic birth experience that prevents the pursuit of maternal reveries and hinders the baby’s libidinal investment in early bonding. Despite the body event and the vision of the premature child, others manage to maintain a “haloed” perspective. Research also shows how the creation through medical discourse of the so-called “premas” category could provide a symbolic framework for parents to think about these babies born too early and revive their ability to dream.


  • Prematurity
  • trauma
  • medical discourse
  • libidinisation
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