Music therapy calms premature babies, stabilizes their breathing and heart rate

June 7, 2017 11:56 pm Last Updated: June 7, 2017 11:56 pm


Just one day after Terry Rubin’s premature baby boy was born, a woman calling herself a music therapist came into the room to sing and play soothing music on guitar and other various instruments. He said it helped calm his little one, as well as other parents’ babies in the hospital.

Rubin was fascinated by the music therapy program, and he asked other parents if they were also participating. Most of them were, he said, and they told him it had helped their children.

Research has indeed found that music therapy can improve breathing and heart rates in premature babies, and may help with feeding and sleep patterns. The music was also found to decrease the stress levels of the parents!

According to the American Music Therapy Association, music therapy can include singing or other music creation, as well as listening to or moving to music, to provide therapeutic benefits to patients. It can help with many physical, emotional, cognitive, and social issues for people of all ages.

But music therapy is not the same as your average family singalong or casual jam session with your friends.

“Clinical music therapy is the only professional, research-based discipline that actively applies supportive science to the creative, emotional, and energizing experiences of music for health treatment and educational goals,” states the AMTA website.

Rubin shared his family’s experience with music therapy in the hospital NICU in an article for PBS.

“I can attest my son benefited from the music therapy, and we still sing him the songs,” he said.