In partnership with Temasek Foundation, KKH Department of Neonatology and Music Therapists from CHAMPs (Child Life, Art, and Music Therapy Programmes) are piloting a family-centred music therapy programme in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Special Care Nursery (SCN) to support premature babies’ clinical and developmental needs as well as parents’ emotional needs.
Music therapy is the use of music within a therapeutic relationship that addresses needs regarding the health and well-being of an individual. It is a safe intervention that can support babies in their development of the brain, hearing and emotions.
Furthermore, the therapeutic use of music is known to benefit people who are struggling to manage and cope with their negative thoughts and feelings. Music therapy can create a safe and comforting space for individuals to openly express and process their own feelings and emotions.
We will be adapting the use of an internationally established music therapy model, Rhythm, Breath, Lullaby (RBL). Through this family-centred model, our certified music therapists will support baby’s development, regulation, comfort level, and stabilization of vital signs through music. Parents are strongly encouraged to be involved in these sessions.
At the same time, parents can also engage in group music therapy sessions that can address their well-being, as having a baby in hospital can commonly be stressful and emotionally challenging.
Each music therapy session is customised according to your baby’s needs. During the session, the music therapist will conduct live vocal interventions that matches your baby’s behavior and responses. You will be encouraged to learn music strategies that can support your baby’s development and improve bonding with your baby during these sessions.
Parents will also be offered a space for emotional support through group music therapy sessions. These sessions aim to equip parents with effective strategies using music to cope with their stress and anxiety. In addition, parents will learn more about engaging and bonding with their baby through musical interactions.
For more information, please speak to the medical team caring for your baby in the NICU or SCN.
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