Do you use music therapy? - page 2

by BittyBabyGrower

We have a sound system set up in our unit, but we don't use it. We were once told that we can't use it in the presence of O2, which I am going to be looking into. Do any of you use the speaker things like they have in regular... Read More


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    Mobiles for preemies are actually frowned on, but they are fine for older chronics. In the last two years I gathered all the research on music therapy in the NICU that I could find, including a book used in college music therapy programs. The title is," Music Therapy for Premature and Newborn Infants. It is distributed by Barcelona Publishers, phone is 603-357-0236, web is www.barcelonapublishers.com. I got our program approved through the medical director and nurse manager. Listened to around 70 lullaby CD's, selected the best according to what the articles and book said were appropriate for different gestational ages. The infant's sats would increase as soon as the CD started. Parents loved it and each infant had his own equipment. As the infants aged nurses knew to expose them to different colored CD's from our CD library of over 150 copies. Yellow were for 24-30 weekers with very slow lullabies and heartbeats, pink had soothing female voices for up to term, and then blue had more elaborate music, male and female voices for term and over. All was fine till we hired a NICU consultant who spent 3 days observing in our unit and she said she didn't feel that there was enough EBP to support our program. So presently we are on hold!! If your unit happens to have the Mosby book, Developmental Care of Newborns and Infants - I ordered mine from Children's Medical Ventures- there are 5 pages of conflicting data on music therapy. What I find so frustrating is how we ignore how noisy, and I mean noxious noisy, phones ringing at bedsides, babies crying , staff loudly laughing and do nothing, and then crack down on something that appeared to work well. From what I read the womb is a noisy place and they learn language in the womb. The best research, but a small study, showed that playing a CD of momma's voice 5 times a day, showed a statistical difference in speech understanding at the age of 6.3 years. This research is in the Music Therapy book. I'd set up a study if I had support and the time cause this topic fascinates me. Hope this helps.
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    Quote from iyqyqr
    Mobiles for preemies are actually frowned on, but they are fine for older chronics. In the last two years I gathered all the research on music therapy in the NICU that I could find, including a book used in college music therapy programs. The title is," Music Therapy for Premature and Newborn Infants. It is distributed by Barcelona Publishers, phone is 603-357-0236, web is www.barcelonapublishers.com. I got our program approved through the medical director and nurse manager. Listened to around 70 lullaby CD's, selected the best according to what the articles and book said were appropriate for different gestational ages. The infant's sats would increase as soon as the CD started. Parents loved it and each infant had his own equipment. As the infants aged nurses knew to expose them to different colored CD's from our CD library of over 150 copies. Yellow were for 24-30 weekers with very slow lullabies and heartbeats, pink had soothing female voices for up to term, and then blue had more elaborate music, male and female voices for term and over. All was fine till we hired a NICU consultant who spent 3 days observing in our unit and she said she didn't feel that there was enough EBP to support our program. So presently we are on hold!! If your unit happens to have the Mosby book, Developmental Care of Newborns and Infants - I ordered mine from Children's Medical Ventures- there are 5 pages of conflicting data on music therapy. What I find so frustrating is how we ignore how noisy, and I mean noxious noisy, phones ringing at bedsides, babies crying , staff loudly laughing and do nothing, and then crack down on something that appeared to work well. From what I read the womb is a noisy place and they learn language in the womb. The best research, but a small study, showed that playing a CD of momma's voice 5 times a day, showed a statistical difference in speech understanding at the age of 6.3 years. This research is in the Music Therapy book. I'd set up a study if I had support and the time cause this topic fascinates me. Hope this helps.
    Oh this is very interesting indeed. I wonder why the conflicting data? Why is it when a program seems to be working they place it hold because of what ONE person says instead of giving said program more time to prove itself.

    Maybe you could apply for a research grant in order to fully research this. Just an idea. I know that nurses can get them, I just don't know how.
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    Oh, very cool!

    Some of those mobiles are scary LOL and I hate when I get that music in my head!!!! Aggg!

    Thanks for all the replies!
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    No kidding. I'm being conditioned for murder by having to listen to the same 3 Beethoven/Bach/Mozart tunes from the same mobile 12 hours a night x 4 shifts a week....
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    Quote from SteveRN21
    No kidding. I'm being conditioned for murder by having to listen to the same 3 Beethoven/Bach/Mozart tunes from the same mobile 12 hours a night x 4 shifts a week....
    DahdahdahDAAAAHH dahdahdadaDAAAAAHHHH...


    I hate you so much right now.
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    Quote from SteveRN21
    No kidding. I'm being conditioned for murder by having to listen to the same 3 Beethoven/Bach/Mozart tunes from the same mobile 12 hours a night x 4 shifts a week....
    I think I've become immune to that mobile. A kid in the room had hers on most of the night. She was crying and I told her nurse that I would restart it for her, since I was sitting right by the crib. It was already on. I just didn't notice!
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    They are teaching us to think more holistically in the care of our patients. How more holistic can you get than music therapy geared to the development of the infant in question. I would be so interested in any other information you may find.

    As far as grants go, check out Universities local and not. Nurses Associations (NANN, etc). U.S. Goverment. (couldn't find grants to help buy a house, but boy can you find goverment grants for just about everything else).
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    Quote from SteveRN21
    No kidding. I'm being conditioned for murder by having to listen to the same 3 Beethoven/Bach/Mozart tunes from the same mobile 12 hours a night x 4 shifts a week....
    I have been known to make up and sing songs using the babies' names to this mobile. Only our older babies have mobiles, my pukey buddy had this mobile. Not her real name but my song went like this;

    Meg, Meggy, Meg, Meggy, lu lu lu
    why you like why you like to puke uke uke uke
    on your nurse on your nurse down to her shoe ew ew ews

    You get the picture, not a pretty one, but the baby loved it.


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