"A premature baby, or preemie, is born before the 37th week of pregnancy. Premature birth occurs in between 8 percent to 10 percent of all pregnancies in the United States. Because they are born too early, preemies weigh much less than full-term babies. They may have health problems because their organs did not have enough time to develop. Preemies need special medical care in a neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU. They stay there until their organ systems can work on their own." (Medline Plus)
"The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center (musicandmedicine.org) is grateful to be instituting The Heather on Earth (heatheronearth.com) Multi Site NICU Study-specifically measuring live lullabies (song of kin), heart beat sounds of the gato drum and womb sounds using the Remo ocean drum. We are scientifically investigating the effects of live music in 11 NICUs across the Northeast. The Remo ocean drum entrained to the infant's breathing, seems to have a stabalizing effect. Parents/caregivers and medical staff seem soothed by the relaxing sounds and so the effects are far-reaching, and can make for a quieter NICU." More...
Joanne Loewy DA, MT-BC, LCAT
Director, Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine
Editor, 'Music & Medicine' (SAGEpub.com)
A 2007 survey of U.S. health facilities by the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, along with the Joint Commission and Americans for the Arts, found that of the 1,923 facilities, 35% offered some type of music to patients. Beth Israel Medical Center's program in New York is one of many efforts by hospitals around the country to use music as a way to ease patients' pain, lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety and depression and improve coping abilities to get patients well, faster. (USA Today, Jun 17, 2008)
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