Moms are recording lullabies for their premature babies so they can hear their voices when they can’t be there.
The Little Lullabies Program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta helps new parents record songs and bedtime stories for their babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
“Things like this music program are kind of silver linings to the cloud of having a baby in the NICU for so long,” Lindy, a mother of one of the hospital’s preemie babies, explained.
In reference to their recorded bedtime stories, another mother, Amber, stated, “It was fun knowing — because this is a book that I read to my other children and so it’s a book we have at home. It was fun knowing that she can hear this same story that I read to the other kids before they go to bed.”
Premature babies, or preemies, can spend weeks or even months in the NICU, so it’s difficult for their parents to be with them all the time.
“It’s really helpful to [parents] to know that their voice is still being played at those times that they would be talking to them at home,” explained music therapist Hannah Bush. “We play it at bedtime, we can play it during bath time, so that they’re still a primary person that their child is hearing.