First Sounds: Rhythm, Breath and Lullaby

By re-creating a womb-like environment through sound and music, music therapy has been shown to deepen infant sleep-state, support infant self-regulation, assist in the stabilization of breathing and heart rates, enhance parent/infant bonding, sooth irritability, re-enforce feeding/sucking rhythms and weight gain, and promote a sense of safety during painful procedures.

For the full-term infant hospitalized in the NICU due to complex medical needs, music therapy interventions establish social connections and foster healing via self-regulation, as well as address the developmental, physical and emotional needs of the infants.  

Many families of NICU infants experience stress, trauma and anxiety in relation to their infant’s hospitalization. Music psychotherapy interventions for families of NICU infants seek to encourage and support the caregiver-infant bonding process, provide trauma amelioration, offer a means of coping, supply a tangible way for caregivers to connect to their infant through songwriting/creating, and provide respite for the families.

New York Times Article

Published Research

Lullabies Soothe Preemies, Parents Alike