To qualify for the study the babies had to have reached 34-36 weeks postmenstrual age, be in stable condition, and able to breathe on their own. The participating babies received the intervention for 15 minutes a day for five days in a row. When they sucked correctly on their pacifier, a special device with sensors and speakers, they were rewarded by hearing their mother singing a lullaby. If they stopped sucking, the music would stop.
"A mother's voice is a powerful auditory cue," said study author
The lullabies selected were chosen with care. The melodies had to be simple, repetitive and within one octave range. Anything more complex could be too much for a premature baby's developing brain. The songs were then recorded and connected to the pacifier-activated music player.
"The mothers were enthusiastic to join the study," Chorna said. "Some of the mothers were nervous to sing, but we found they were really grateful to be able to do something to help their babies."
Doctors didn't question whether
"I noticed right away, that after his therapy sessions, Chazon's breathing and sucking would get a little better each time. Everyone has been so amazed at how well he is now doing," Locke said.
"He can't really see me yet because his vision has not developed enough, but he can hear me. Singing to him is something that I can do to comfort him and let him know that I'm here."
Maitre and Chorna analyzed the data with the help of
"The benefits are both medical and emotional as this is a unique way for parents to directly help their children learn a skill crucial to their growth and development," Maitre said. "It gives parents a small amount of control to improve their baby's medical course, in addition to giving them a bonding experience which will last throughout childhood."
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